A sun bear in pain from Aceh’s trap
A team of doctors from Aceh BKSDA treated the wounds of a sun bear that was caught in a pig trap in Kampung Negeri Antara area, Pintu Rime Gayo District, Bener Meria, Aceh. The incident occurred when a local resident, Akbar, spotted the bear in distress while on his way to Akbar Garden.
According to Pintu Rime Gayo Police Chief Epda Agus Suryadi, Akbar immediately reported the incident to the authorities. The sector police then coordinated with the local government officials, including the sub-district head, BPBD, and the Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA), to carry out the evacuation operation.
The stranded sun bear had injured its right leg, but fortunately, there was no damage to its nerves. Armaan Sayuti, a member of the Aceh BKSDA medical team, mentioned that the bear is a female, weighing approximately 40 kg and is 4 years old. He added that since the wound is not severe, the bear can be treated and released back into the forest in the same area.
Captain Inf. Arianto, the Pintu Rime Commander Guyo Coramil, revealed that residents had heard the bear’s cries for two days but only dared to approach the area the following morning. It was later discovered that the bear had been trapped in a pig trap.
It is important to note that Helarctos Malayanus, also known as the sun bear, is a protected animal according to Minister of Environment and Forests Regulation No. P.106 of 2018 and is also safeguarded under Law No. 5 of 1990 concerning the conservation of living natural resources and their ecosystems.
1. What is a sun bear?
A sun bear, also known as Helarctos Malayanus, is a bear species found in Southeast Asia. It is known for its small size, distinctive chest mark, and love for honey.
2. Are sun bears endangered?
Yes, sun bears are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The main threats to their population include habitat loss, illegal hunting, and the illegal wildlife trade.
3. How are sun bears protected?
Sun bears are protected by various laws and regulations, such as Minister of Environment and Forests Regulation No. P.106 of 2018 and Law No. 5 of 1990 concerning the conservation of living natural resources and their ecosystems. These laws aim to protect the species and its habitat from threats and promote conservation efforts.
4. How can I help protect sun bears?
You can support organizations and initiatives that work towards sun bear conservation, spread awareness about the species and its conservation needs, and avoid purchasing products made from sun bear parts or supporting the illegal wildlife trade.