Death of a rare white bear raises serious concerns in Marwahi.

Death of a rare white bear raises serious concerns in Marwahi.

Dispatch News.

Marwahi. Marwahi Forest Division, popularly known as 'Bear Land', once again bears the death of a rare species which also happens to be the identity of Marwahi. In a relatively isolated area, when people heard the cries of bears around, they reached there and saw a white bear trapped in a well. The villagers reported the matter to the Marwahi Forest Board, but by the time the officials arrived, they had already pulled out the bear from the well. The rare white bear was dead. A few villagers had earlier in the evening notified the Range Officer of Marwahi about the white bear roaming near the sleuth of other bears. However, the officer did not respond or contact the villagers. The death of a white bear has once again raised questions on Marwahi Forest Division. In 1987, 1992, 1999 and 2008 also white bears were sighted in different areas of Marwahi. After a decade, the white bear had appeared again; however, his death has exposed the Marwahi forest division. Starving and thirsty bears often wander towards villages and thus fall victim to death. This is the seventh bear death in the one-and-a-half-year tenure of Rakesh Mishra, the current DFO of Marwahi Forest Division.

Apart from this, the cases of human contact with bears are increasing. The forest department claims to stop the same on paper by getting project approval for crores of rupees from the higher authorities. In the villages or the forests adjacent to the villages, the collision between bears and humans remains the same. Daroga Singh Maravi, the Forest Officer of Marwahi, did not take any calls from the media nor the villagers; so what action should one expect, when the authorities do not show interest in getting information from the public. The bear is a schedule one category animal under the Forest Protection Act 1872, the negligence of before-mentioned officers is a matter of concern.