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3. Asiatic Black Bear

Listed as vulnerable in a November 12, 2007, IUCN report, this species is said to have declined by 30 to 49 percent over the past 30 years—though there is no exact estimate of the Asiatic black bear's population.

Found in forests of every country in mainland Southeast Asia, except Malaysia, the species suffers from habitat loss due to logging and expanding human settlements, IUCN says. Hunting is also a problem—sun bear gall bladders are sought for their bile, an ingredient in Asian folk medicines.

Japan is the only country that has documented an increase in Asiatic black bear numbers.

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