Hualien forest office loses track of bear cub released into the wild

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/08/17
By: Tyson Lu and Chung Yu-chen

Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) A Formosan black bear cub that was rescued last year, tagged and released back

Photo from Taiwan Black Bear Conservation Association

into the wild in April can no longer be tracked, the Hualien Forest District Office confirmed Saturday.

The tracking collar, which was designed to fall off after two years, was found on the side of a cliff in June, the office said, confirming reports that it had lost track of the bear cub.

The cub was rescued in July 2018 by the forest office after it was spotted alone near Nan'an Waterfall in Hualien County by a hiker, who reported that the animal appeared malnourished, according to the Taiwan Black Bear Conservation Association (TBBCA).

At the time, the cub was about four months old and weighed only 5 kilograms, the TBBCA said.

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