TAIPEI, TAIWAN – A recent vote within the closed doors of Taipei City Hall came to a conclusion Thursday morning, voting to reintroduce the Formosan Black Bear (Ursus thibetanus formosanus), an endemic subspecies, to Da’an Forest Park. Officials cited the endangered species act of 1989, and the need to rehabilitate and grow the population of the Formosan Black Bear in order to ensure its longevity in a time of great habitat loss.

台北市政府在星期四早上的不公開投票以及各界專家們激烈的討論後,決議以1989年的野生動物保育法以及協助復育瀕臨絕種的動物族群數量的必要性為由,於台北市大安區的大安森林公園內引入並在此復育台灣獨有的特有亞種台灣黑熊(Ursus thibetanus formosanus)。

Often referred to as the Moon Bear due to unique patterns on the animal’s chest, the animal has a deep history of appreciation and lore within Taiwan’s indigenous communities. Hunting the Formosan Black Bear is considered taboo, as killing one would lead to a village curse, and bring imminent doom to the hunter’s family. The Formosan Black Bear is Taiwan’s largest predator and only bear species. It is estimated Taiwan only has 200-600 Formosan Black Bears left. 

台灣黑熊是台灣最大的掠食者,也是唯一的熊種,因為其胸前獨特的圖案而被人們稱為「月熊」。台灣黑熊在原住民文化中多半被認為是具有神秘感、危險性的動物,也多半將獵殺台灣黑熊視為禁忌,認為殺死黑熊會為部落及獵人的家庭帶來厄運。

The white “V” on the chest lends to the name Moon Bear

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau adopted the Moon Bear as its official mascot in 2014, naming it “Oh Bear,” and plastering the cartoonish rendition all over inbound and outbound tourism collateral, trains, buses and more.

交通部觀光局於2014年聘用了一隻名為喔熊(OhBear)的年輕台灣黑熊作為官方吉祥物,同時擔任超級任務組組長的職務。喔熊組長不遺餘力地將台灣的美景和美食推廣到國際,在機場、車站、捷運、公車、火車等交通運輸場所上都可以看到喔熊組長的身影。

Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s “Oh Bear”

Taipei officials felt the need to make amends for profiting off of the endangered species, thus placing a sleuth of four initially in Da’an Forest Park.

The program will ensure Formosan Black Bears have growing populations in the North of Taiwan, adding to known populations in the Central and Southern mountains of Taiwan

近年來,由於人類對自然環境的影響,目前估計僅剩200至600隻台灣黑熊。專家認為台北市政府有能力也有必要協助復育台灣黑熊,因此透過偵察系統評估在大安森林公園復育黑熊的可行性後通過此決議。該計畫將確保台灣黑熊在台灣北部的族群數量上升,並同時增加台灣中、南部山區的黑熊數量。

The reintegration period will begin April 15th, 2021.

整個復育計畫預計將從2021年4月15日開始,提醒各位民眾未來在大安森林公園內若看到台灣黑熊時請勿驚慌。

Photo from Taiwan Black Bear Conservation Association Facebook Page

In case you didn’t know already…..April Fools!

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