The bear that had been unleashing a reign of terror for the last couple of days in the Athagarh area was finally captured on Saturday.
The bear reportedly attacked a person on Friday, leaving him seriously injured. The injured person, identified as Kanda Rout of Jenapada village, was rescued by the villagers and rushed to a nearby government hospital. Later, he was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital for better treatment.
Back in the village, people were in fear. On being informed, the Forest department staff reached the village and launched an operation.
Eventually, they were able to catch the bear from the Jenapada reserve forest. Athagarh ranger Rabindra Kumar Nayak informed that the wild animal will be released in a reserve forest under the Badamba range.
In a similar incident earlier, a leopard, believed to have killed two persons and injured one in Nuapada district, had left the forest department on their toes. A five-member team of forest department officials managed to cage the big cat on November 4. The people were so enraged that they attacked the animal with sticks after it was caged.