The Taitung Forest District Management Office recently recovered the images of the infrared automatic camera installed in the state-owned forest area. They were pleasantly surprised to find that the Guangyuan bear Mulas has grown up and has a black bear companion beside him.

(Reported by Huang Mingtang)

[Reporter Huang Mingtang / Taitung Report] Do you still remember Mulas, the bear in Guangyuan?

This little bear that entered the human settlement by mistake has been cared for for more than 2 years. A few days ago, the image of the infrared automatic camera set up in the state-owned forest area was recovered from the Taitung Forest District Management Office. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is healthy and alive, not only growing up, but also beside it. There is an additional black bear companion. This is the first time that it has been photographed since it was released into the forest on May 16, 109, which surprised and moved the Forest Service staff.

Mulas, who was a little girl in her early 1-year-old when she was released into the wild, has been released into the wild for more than 2 years and 4 months.

Although the Taitung Forestry Administration had attached a satellite collar that could monitor its tracks and activities for it when it was released into the wild, in October 110, 13 months later, it also sent a satellite message to let it hang on the satellite. The tracking collar on its neck comes off automatically.

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Since then, Mulas is no longer bound, and the Taitung Forest Management Office can no longer track its movements through tracking equipment, so it can only set up multiple infrared automatic cameras at its previous main activity hotspots, hoping to have the opportunity to look at the images recorded by the automatic cameras. to its figure.

In Japan, the staff of the Donglin Management Office of the front desk routinely went up the mountain to patrol the mountains. When they exchanged for the automatic camera memory card to interpret the video data, they were pleasantly surprised to find the figure of Mulas with ear tags in the picture. Mulas, who is about 2 and a half years old, has a strong body and bright hair. Digging tree holes to search for food, looking left and right, leaning on tree trunks and tickling accidentally slipped, very cute and cute.

What made the team even more excited was seeing the precious picture of it playing and playing with its companions in the forest, which healed the hard work of all the staff and called it "melted".

Taitung Forest Management Office staff who organized the video said, "When the black bear in the picture was identified as Mulas through the yellow ear tag on its left ear, I was instantly excited, and the scene from sheltering, caring, and releasing into the wild reappeared. My eyes can't help but redden..." Another scene saw Mulas sitting under a big tree rubbing his back, slipping and propping up the trunk with his palm, as cute as he was when he was young.

Taitung Forest Management Office said that Mulas's behavior of rubbing his back may be to relieve itching, and some studies suggest that this behavior may also use it to leave a scent to attract the opposite sex or communicate with other black bear individuals.

The same camera also recorded another Taiwanese black bear entering the shot. Mulas and it were nibbling, slapping and frolicking with each other. In the continuous still images of Mulas chasing the black bear companion, and the two black bears passing through the camera in tandem.

Through these images, it can be found that Mulas is very adaptable in the mountains and forests, and he has also made "booming good friends".

Taitung Forest Management Office said that the habitat environment where Mulas was photographed was also preliminary vegetation survey conducted by colleagues who went to patrol. Mixed natural broad-leaved forests such as Quercus serrata and oak wood are the main sources, and the food sources are rich and diverse.

The reappearance of Mulas’s wild life images from its behavior is more helpful to understand the habitat use of Taiwanese black bears in the forest environment. Taitung Forest Management Office will continue to monitor Mulas’s potentially important habitats. Accumulate more Mulas observation behaviors to promote understanding of the ecology of black bears in Taiwan.

Guangyuan black bear Mulas digs tree holes for food.

(Reported by Huang Mingtang)