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Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear:

Karnataka has witnessed instances of human-sloth bear confrontations, raising concerns for both communities and wildlife enthusiasts.

  • Sloth bear scientific Name: Melursus ursinus
  • Sloth bears are one of the eight bear speciesfound across the world.
  • They are myrmecophagous, meaning, they find bugs and termites to be their most sought-after meal.
  • They live in a variety of dry and moist forestsand in some tall grasslands, where boulders, scattered shrubs and trees provide shelter.
  • They have long, shaggy dark brown or black fur and curved claws, which are the longest out of any of the bear species.
  • Conservation Status
    • IUCN: Vulnerable
    • Wildlife Protection Act, 1972: Schedule 1