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Bear on loose in Kalimantan town

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 18, 2019   /   04:19 pm
Bear on loose in Kalimantan town A sun bear in its enclosure at Bandung Zoo. (JP/Arya Dipa)
The Jaya Sampit Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in East Kotawaringin regency, Central Kalimantan, has been trying to capture a runaway bear, which is still at large as of Sunday.

The agency suspect that it is a sun bear and was a resident’s pet. It was first spotted by the residents of a housing complex.

“[We searched] for the dog-sized bear in bushes close to the housing complex but we did not find it,” chief patrol officer Muriansyah told tempo.com on Sunday.

The BKSDA has set up a trap filled with cempedak (a fruit similar to jackfruit) in a bid to capture it, but as of Sunday the bear is still on the run. 

However, Muriansyah emphasized that the bear would not be harmed if captured.

The agency’s officers have also gone door-to-door to spread information about the animal, warning them not to kill it on sight.

"If [any of you] see the bear, please report it immediately to us,” Muriansyah added.

Currently, the agency has widened the search to include neighboring residential areas. (mai/evi)