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We’ve successfully rescued the three bears!

On the 8th of Dec in Minamiuonuma, Nigata, three bears ( a mother and children) were found on a clinic first floor that was used as a stockroom. They seemed to be hibernating (or to use up all their strength having sought food,,,)

 

Right after hearing this news, staffs of JBFS drove all the way to Nigata from Hyogo to rescue the bears.

 

When the staffs arrived at the site, the mother bear was already administered an anesthetic. Three bears were caught and were about to be killed!

The bears are in a small capturing cage labeled “harmful animals”. The mother in anesthesia and the bear cubs clinging her.

↑The bears are in a small capturing cage labeled “harmful animals”. The mother in anesthesia and the bear cubs clinging her.

On arriving, our staffs started to negotiate with the local government (Minamiuonuma city).

We insisted that in spring the bears be released to the forest. At first the government denied but as the negotiation went on, the government promised to release the bears in spring.

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↑On the 12th of Dec they are in better condition being fed enough food.

On the 15th of Dec, the three bears were moved to a bigger cage to be kept until spring (during hibernation).


We thank all the people who helped us rescue the bears!

updated 17 Dec 2019

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Sign the petition! Now, Hyogo prefecture is lifting the ban on black bear hunting,,,.

Black bears in western Japan are "endangered"; however,  Hyogo (a prefecture located in western Japan)  now resumes black bear huting. 

Save black bears from hunters by signing the petition here. (English explanation follows Japanese one.)