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Time is running out for the Andean Bear. The forests of the Andean mountain ranges, where these bears live, are rapidly disappearing.
The Andean bear, also known as the spectacted bear, is a relatively small species of bear native to South America. They are found in several areas of northern and western South America, including eastern Panama, western Venezuala, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, western Bolivia and northwestern Argentina.
The spectacled bear population is under threat for a number of reasons. The bears are hunted by locals due to a belief they will eat livestock (although spectacled bears do not eat large quantities of meat). The gall bladders of spectacled bears are also valued in traditional Chinese medicine and can fetch a high price on the international market. Extensive logging and farming have led to a loss of habitat for the bears. As the bear's food sources have been disappearing, it relies on crops for food. For this reason, farmers see the bears as competition and hunt them. Legislation against hunting the bears exists, but is rarely enforced.
We ask the governments of South America to do more in protecting the bear, before it goes extinct as it looses it's natural habitat.
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