Rubber Farmer Mauled to Death by Wild Bear in Riau

A woman was killed by a wild sun bear in Teluk Paman village in the Riau Islands on Tuesday (03/10). (Reuters Photo/Surapan Boonthanom)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 10:53 PM October 04, 2017
Category : News

Jakarta. A woman was killed by a wild sun bear in Teluk Paman village in the Riau Islands on Tuesday (03/10).

The woman, Buni, 47, was together with her husband Saruli, 60, collecting latex from rubber trees when the bear pounced on the couple. Buni died on the spot, while Saruli is currently being hospitalized and is in critical condition.

The Center for Natural Resources Conservation (BKSDA) in the region sent a special team to capture the bear following the incident.

"We have sent the team to the location. They brought cages and stun guns," Eduwar Hutapea, an official of BKSDA, said on Tuesday, as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.

Eduwar said the location of the incident is about 80 kilometers from Pekanbaru, the provincial capital.

The BKSDA team is coordinating with local police and the World Wildlife Fund's team in Pekanbaru to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

The sun bear, or honey bear, is native to Indonesian forests, though their population has been in steady decline as deforestation has ramped up in recent years.

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