Rare bear sighted in central Vietnam for second time in two years

By Hoang Son, Thanh Nien News

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A member of the protected Asian black bear species is spotted by WWF camera trap June 2014. Photo credit: WWF A member of the protected Asian black bear species is spotted by WWF camera trap June 2014. Photo credit: WWF

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A camera trap set by the World Wide Fund for Nature captured rare images of a protected Asian black bear in the wilds of central Vietnam.
The animal (Ursus thibetanus) is commonly known as a moon bear or white-chested bear due to its fur patterns. 
The recent photographs were captured last month in Quang Nam Province, the organization said Tuesday.
WWF first spotted one of the bears in December 2012; this second photo offered local wildlife officials confirmation that conservation efforts are working.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists the bear as vulnerable due to the fact that their distribution has been threatened by poachers looking to hawk their gall bladders, skin and furs.
Vietnamese law prohibits the poaching, capture or trade of the animal.
WWF and local agencies work together to train locals to conduct conservation patrols, during which they dismantle traps, destroy hunter encampments and stop illegal logging.

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