The Himalayan black bears are an endangered species that are slowly dying out. Currently, they are only 300 of the bears remaining in India. To protect them and help keep them from going extinct, they are being tracked using GPS collars throughout Kashmir by wildlife authorities. These collars will help in studying their behaviors and also preventing bear attacks.
“We can always monitor their movements and sound an alert once they start moving towards the human habitations” said wildlife warden Rashid Naqash.
Attacks by wild bears are pretty common in India, having ended up with over two dozen people killed and over 150 injured within the last 4 years. To keep both the bears, and humans safe from each other, the GPS collars will be monitored by wildlife experts in order to also make sure that the bears stay away from areas where people are living. But this isn’t the first time GPS tracking has been used to monitor bears, we previously wrote about bears being tracked in Truckee, California
as well as throughout the state of Florida