A photo of the bear – classified as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List – was captured in the eastern part of the DMZ by an unmanned ecological study camera in October last year, the Korean Ministry of the Environment said in a press release Thursday.
The bear snapped into the picture appears to be between eight and nine months old and weighs between 25 and 35 kg (55 to 77 pounds). As it is a young bear, the authorities said it was likely that there were at least three bears in the area, including its parents.
4, 92 unmanned cameras have been installed in the area that snap photos when they feel movement from a hot bloody animal
South Korea’s Ministry of the Environment appointed the Asian Black Bear as a threatened animal in 1998 and has made efforts to increase population levels. In the press release Thursday, the ministry said it would extend the studies of ecology and biodiversity in the DMZ area and provide comprehensive measures to preserve and manage wildlife in the DMZ.
DMZ is established in the 1953 Korean War Army Arrangement, and is a 160 mile long (257 km) no-man’s land about 30 miles north of Seoul.
For over six decades, the area has been shut down from human interference, obstructed by gates and landmines across the region.
Thanks to the restrictions, endangered species have become successful in the area, including crowned cranes, white-headed cranes, mandarin ducks, muscular deer, berggege and more. 19659004] There have even been reports of critical observations
According to the National Institute of Ecology of South Korea, there are about 6,000 different species of flora and fauna living in the DMZ.
CNN’s Sol He contributed to this report.