Published on July 29, 2021
The Asiatic black bear population is now considered ‘vulnerable’ due to poaching and habitat loss.
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The Asiatic black bear is heavily poached for its gallbladder bile, which is used in traditional Chinese and Korean medicine. The bear’s population has dropped significantly, making the species ‘vulnerable.’ Habitat loss in India due to farming and infrastructure projects has also taken a toll, forcing the bears to venture out for food and increasing human-bear encounters.
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