Sun bear hit by car found dead

SEREMBAN: A male sun bear has been found dead in a roadside ditch in Jalan Ulu Bendul, Bukit Putus, near here, believed to have been hit by a car.

Negri Sembilan Department of Wildlife and National Parks director Nurul Ermi Ramli said the carcass of the adult sun bear, weighing about 85kg, was found by the Jempol Perhilitan officer at 9.10pm on Tuesday.

“The sun bear was found with severe face and bodily injuries.

“It was believed to have strayed from its habitat.

“The area it was found dead in is actually a wildlife wandering area as it is close to the Angsi forest reserve and Berembun forest reserve,” she told Bernama when contacted.

As such, Nurul Ermi urged road users to be more careful when driving in areas near the forest and to immediately report to the authorities should they come across a wandering or lost wild animal.

The officer-in-charge of the Seri Menanti fire and rescue station Mohd Syazwan Saidy said a team of five personnel was rushed to the scene after being alerted of an accident involving a car and a sun bear at 8.45pm.

“The driver and the passenger of the car, two men aged 41 and 43, were unhurt,” he said.

He said initial information showed there were three wandering sun bears at the time of the incident but only one was found dead in the ditch.

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