In the north-eastern region of the country human-bear conflicts occur regularly, especially involving the Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus). Local people have little knowledge about bears and try to kill each animal attempting to come close to the villages. Bears are often attracted by corn fields, which are located at the edge of the villages.
Priority should be given to education and creating awareness about the importance of bear protection in Myanmar. The pressure on wild bear populations and their habitat is further increasing. This research is the first of its kind in Myanmar. It will provide vital information which is needed to protect the bear and its habitat in the long run. As soon as more information is available about the frequency of human-bear conflicts as well as the occurrence and distribution of bears in the region, recommendations can be made to local authorities and policy makers. This will be the first step towards a national bear protection plan.
University of Veterinary Science – Yezin