A wild bear strayed into the Visa steel plant in Kalinga Nagar Industrial Complex in the district causing panic among the employees and workers on Tuesday. “Workers informed us that they have spotted a wild bear inside our steel plant complex at about 10 am.

I immediately informed the forest and police officials” said Chiranjib Agrawal, an official of VISA steels. The bear is suspected to have strayed into the plant from nearby Badasuli hill. Sources said, the animal was seen roaming on the road and later it was chased down by a mob. “We spotted the bear roaming near our village road in the wee hours on Tuesday.

We chased the wild animal by burning tyre. In a bid to protect itself, the wild bear jumped into the plant from a low height boundary wall of Visa steel,” said Manoj Kumar Samal of Jakhapura village. Forest officials from Tamaka ,Jajpur Road and Bayree ranges along with the local police rushed to the spot and swung into action to capture the wild animal.

Senior officials said that already a massive operation has been launched by laying traps at various places inside the plant premises to capture the bear. The forest department have also requestioned a team from the Nandankanan zoo to catch the wild animal.

“Our first priority to catch the animal. Then it will be released back into its natural habitat,” said a forest officials. The search operation by police and wildlife officials was on when the last reports came in.