Sun bear found dead in roadside ditch in Seremban

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

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

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

“It was believed to have strayed from its habitat, but the area it was found dead was actually a wildlife wandering area as it was close to the Angsi Forest Reserve and Berembun Forest Reserve,” she said when contacted on Wednesday (Dec 29).

As such, she also advised road users to be more careful when driving in areas near the forest and to immediately report to the authority should they come across a wandering or lost wild animal.

Meanwhile, the officer-in-charge of the Seri Menanti fire and rescue station Mohd Syazwan Saidy said a team of five men was rushed to the scene after being alerted of an accident involving a Volkswagen 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 revealed that there were three wandering sun bears during the accident, but only one was found dead in the ditch. – Bernama