Formosan black bear freed from trap in Taiwan orchard

Animal will be released back into the wild once its injuries are healed

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/10/01
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A Formosan black bear was trapped at an orchard in Taichung City  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Formosan black bear who had walked into a trap set up to catch wild boar and monkeys was freed after intervention by veterinarians, reports said Thursday (Oct. 1).

A farmer in the Heping district of Taichung City found the animal in his orchard caught in wires set up to prevent other animals from stealing fruit, CNA reported.

When police, forestry workers, and veterinarians from the Endemic Species Research Institute Conservation Education Center arrived on the scene, they found the bear had injured himself while trying to break loose from the wires.

Police prevented more people from approaching the site amid concern the bear would panic and harm itself even more seriously. After the veterinarians put it under anesthesia, they found ear markings showing that the animal had been caught before in 2018 and that its range was unexpectedly large.    [FULL  STORY]

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