Asiatic black bears (Ursusthibetanus)are distributed wildly in Asia, from Japan in the east to Iran in the west. They are Vulnerable (IUCN category), AppendixⅠ (CITES listing) and endangered species categoryⅠ in South Korea.
So to augment this population, a reintroduction project was initiated, with the aim of establishing a self-sustaining population in Jirisan National Park.
34 cubs have been released into the wild since 2004, until now 27 bears are living in the wild. All bears were less than 2 years old when released, so we are very encouraged that they hibernated, grew up, mated and gave birth successfully in the wild.
There have been many difficulties and errors, but this trial and error has led to accumulated knowledge, and a better understanding of both bears and the people who live near them.