A rare Asiatic black bear cub has been photographed while crossing a stream in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. COURTESY OF SOUTH KOREA'S MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
A rare Asiatic black bear cub has been photographed while crossing a stream in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. COURTESY OF SOUTH KOREA'S MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

Rare Asiatic black bear discovered in Korean DMZ, highlighting conservation potential

by Kim Gamel and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — A rare Asiatic black bear cub has been photographed while crossing a stream in the Demilitarized Zone, highlighting the heavily fortified Korean border area’s role as a unique haven for wildlife.

The photo of the bear, which was captured by a motion-sensor camera in October, emerged as the fate of the DMZ is in question amid efforts to improve relations between the two Koreas and persuade the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.

The 2.5-mile wide, 155-mile long strip of land has been largely a no-go zone for more than six decades due to land mines and barbed wire-lined fences in place since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

Untouched by development, animals and plants have thrived with little human contact in the protected ecosystem that includes wetlands, forests, mountains and coastlines.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.580917

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