Consider the following species of bears:

  1. Brown bear
  2. Asiatic black bear
  3. Sloth Bear

Which of the above can be spotted or seen in India in natural habitats?

Answer: [D] 1, 2 & 3

Asiatic black bears live in forested mountain habitats (1,200-3300 metres) in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Tripura. Asian black bears are listed as vulnerable by IUCN. Brown bear species is distributed across much of northern Eurasia and North America. Brown bear remains listed as a least concern species by the IUCN. Recently, eight brown bears were sighted including three adult females and five grown-up cubs, is a rare record in kargil area of Jammu & Kashmir. Sloth bear is a nocturnal species native to Indian subcontinent. Sloth bears have been listed as vulnerable by IUCN.

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