Sun bear found caught in snare near oil palm plantation in Kedah


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  • Saturday, 10 Jul 2021

The picture of the Sun Bear which was found trapped by believed to be 'jerat bidai' or 'chiding babi' inside a bush of an oil palm plantation at Ladang Sungai Tekai near the Tradewinds Plantation's oil palm plantation in Naka in Padang Terap District , Kedah some 50 km from Alor Setar.

ALOR SETAR: A sun bear was found caught in a snare in a bush at an oil palm plantation at Ladang Sungai Tekai in Padang Terap, Kedah, some 50km from here.

Rubber tapper Affendi Musa, 50, from Kampung Masjid, said he was on his way to tap rubber around 11am at Ladang Sungai Tekai near the Tradewinds Plantation's oil palm plantation, when he noticed a small crowd gathered around something.

"I saw a few Indonesian plantation workers and local villagers gathered near a bush and looking at something.

"As I got closer, I saw a small bear inside the bush with its leg caught in a homemade snare.

"The bear looked hurt and roared in pain, while struggling to get free," said Affendi.

Affendi quickly contacted the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan).

He said it was the first time he encountered a trapped bear in the area.

The snare, known as "jerat bidas", is widely used by locals to catch wild boars.

Sun bears can be found in the tropical rainforest of Southeast Asia. Poaching, illegal pet trade and deforestation are major threats that are pushing sun bears to extinction.

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