Extent of biotic pressure on unprotected sloth bear habitat and human-bear conflict in North Bilaspur forest division

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Sloth bear (Melursus ursinus) is one of the most widely distributed large mammals in India. At the same time, the sloth bear has suffered as much as other large mammals from human impacts on forested areas. The North Bilaspur Forest Division, Chhattisgarh, which is an un-protected area, harbours a large number of sloth bears.