Bear Sighting on Jalan Lingkar Utara, Sampit: Damages Palm Oil Trees and Coop

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Palm oil plantation. Photo by: Sawit Fest 2021 / Achmad Dadang Hidayah

PALMOILMAGAZINE, SAMPIT – A bear incident occurred on Jalan Lingkar Kota Utara, Sampit. The bear emerged and damaged immature palm oil trees and a coop owned by the local villagers. This incident transpired on Thursday evening, according to Rusjubaidah, the last resident who witnessed the occurrence.

Muriansyah, the Head of Balai Konservasi dan Sumber Daya Alam (BKSDA) Pos Jaga Sampit, revealed that the bear was in close proximity to the villagers’ huts near the PT PLN office on Jalan Soekarno, Jalan Lingkar Utara. This location was not far from where two bears were rescued last year, approximately 500 meters from the site of Thursday’s incident.

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BKSDA Pos Jaga Sampit directly responded the report by having observation. “We did observe the report of the bear appearance and met five villagers that live around PT PLN office,” Muriansyah said, as quoted from

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What the villagers told the big bear was around on Jalan Lingkar Utara for the past week. The officers of BKSDA suggested the villagers to immediately report if they see a bear. Besides the officers also explained about honey bear attitude to the villagers.

The bear appearance delivered new challenge to maintain the balance of wildlife and human in the region. Prevention and coordination between the villagers and authority would be very crucial to control the situation without harming both parties. (T2)

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