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Himalayan Black bears are protected
Himalayan Black Bear
In fact people are regularly mauled by bears. Bears have attacked humans, destroyed crops, and cattle. The Himalayan black bear was usually aggressive when provoked and it was commonly believed that bears could wait for up to nine years to avenge an injury.

Autumn is the bear's migratory season and time to prepare for hibernation so they are frequently out in the orchards.

The Himalayan Black bear falls under the Schedule I of protected animals in the Forest and Nature conservation Act.

Although poaching of the bear is strictly prohibited, according to the Act, traps or snares are allowed in private registered land like orchards and crop fields. In Bhutan, bears are killed for the bile, which has medicinal value and therefore fetches a good price.

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