Saturday, January 01, 2011

Formosan Black Bears

Hwang Mei-hsiu (黃美秀), assistant professor at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan relates the challenges to study the ecology of Formosan Black Bears in a dialogue with President Ma Ying-jeou.

Prof Hwang describes the difficulties of studying the black bears in the remote mountains of Taiwan and rarities of sighting the illusive animals. She responded regretfully that she has no exact population figure despite 15 years of research. With initial estimates of about several hundred for the island, she added that the viable population figure should be 2,000. This reflects the endangered status of the bear in Taiwan

Watch the enchanting "making of" clip with Willy the Bear-tracking Dog. This canine is trained to search for bear droppings!

Note: clips in Chinese.

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