Nine Month Old Bear Rescued from a Trap


On the evening of November 16, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets’ (FPWC) and Yerevan Zoo’s staff joined the fire-rescue team to save a bear that had been caught in a trap. The fact that this is the third bear that has come to FPWC’s and Yerevan Zoo’s attention in the last three months raises serious concerns about the situation of bears in Armenia.

This bear, which is only nine month old, had caught his right paw in a trap that a villager had set up in his yard in Gomq village in Vayots Dzor region. The fire-rescue team was able to put the bear to sleep, and FPWC transferred it back to Artavan forest. 

In January, this bear will turn 1. Most bears this young usually stay with their mothers, and since the bear was from the same area, the chances are that it will quickly find its mother. Other bears, however, are not as fortunate. Last month, the bear that had escaped from “Tputner” restaurant in the city of Tsaghkadzor, was transferred back to its cage due to unknown circumstances. For now, its fate remains unknown.