A minor altercation broke out when villagers in the buffer area of Bandhavgarh tiger reserve accused the forest department staff of throwing stones at a sloth bear cub to force it to climb down a tree it was stranded on Wednesday morning.
The cub was still on the tree at the time of filing of this report.
Sources at the park said a bear cub aged about four months climbed up the tree in the buffer area of the park near Baansa village after its mother left it at the spot finding herself encircled by mahua flower pickers.
After a team of forest department staff reached the spot, a minor altercation broke out when some villagers accused them of throwing stones at the bear cub.
The rescue squad of the park was called and it cleared the area of villagers.
"The area has been cleared of people and the cub is calling out for its mother. It will climb down from the tree when the mother comes back looking for it," said park veterinarian Dr Nitin Gupta.
"There was no altercation with villagers but some people were instigating the forest department staff," he said, adding that no one threw stones at the bear cub.
Arrangements for water have also been made under the tree for the cub, he said.