Malkangiri: Forest department personnel have rescued a wild sloth bear from Balimela area of Malkangiri district last night.
According to sources, the wild bear was often been straying into the arterial part of the town and its suburbs from few days in search of food. However, the presence and frequent spotting of the wild bear in the locality triggered panic among locals.
Locals had alerted the matter to the Balimela forest division officials. After two weeks of effort, the forest officials managed to capture the animal.
The bear had reportedly entered into a village and was searching for food near a hotel at Chitrakonda Chhak, during which it was rescued. Later the bear was released into Chitrakonda forest, sources added.