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Hypoxic
11-20-2007, 03:31 PM
A young Asiatic black bear was recently found dead in Jirisan National Park. As some of you may know, these bears are listed as critically endangered in South Korea and vulnerable globally.

Here's the write up that's now on the KML site:

Recently, a young Asiatic black bear, also known as the Halfmoon bear (Ursus thibetanus), was found dead in Jirisan National Park.

The young female bear, named Dalgung, was one of the handful of Asiatic black bears left in South Korea. Globally, the species is listed as 'vulnerable' on the Endangered Species List. Reports indicate that there are less than thirty wild bears left in South Korea and their population is concentrated in Jirisan National Park where they enjoy protected status.

The cause of Dalgung's untimely death is still unknown, but scientists are working to discover the cause.

You can view a photo and the Korean story here.

That link to the Korean story is http://news.naver.com/photo/read.php?mode=LTD&office_id=008&article_id=0000852780&section_id=102&view=all

So sad.

skinsk
11-20-2007, 03:51 PM
that's sad, but not surprising. . . (well, I just caught a special about the bears of Jirisan, and knew they certainly have an uphill battle). There's an English language website http://www.moonbears.org/news.html, though it hasn't been updated to include this most recent death. It does mention that since 2004 the restoration project team have located and removed over 1585 bear traps from the mountain!! Makes me wonder if I should be walking there!

Anyway, this website explains the program and the many difficulties and deaths so far, in English. Warning, however: it is depressing!

Hypoxic
11-21-2007, 12:21 AM
Great link, Skinsk, thanks! From next season, the KML is going to get involved with more mountain-related biodiversity issues such as this.

Uphill battle indeed. Keep heart, though.