Most Endangered Bears Ranked

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4. Sloth Bear

Found predominantly in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, this species has been classified as vulnerable by a new IUCN report released on November 12, 2007.

Habitat loss and poaching—mainly for the commercial trade in body parts—are the bear's main threats, the report says. And in India sloth bears are captured live and made to perform on the roadside.

The species may have disappeared entirely from Bangladesh during the past decade, IUCN says.

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