Bear kills 60-year-old man in Russia

11th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

A bear attacked and killed a 60-year-old man on a stroll through the forest with his family in Russia's far east Wednesday, park rangers said, quoted by national news agencies.

The attack occurred on the island of Sakhalin in the North Pacific, and the retired victim's family, who had fled from the scene in a car, alerted local authorities.

"On inspection of the area, police heard the bear's roars, but did not locate it," a park ranger said, quoted by Interfax.

The park rangers said the bear would be found and killed.

Each year two or three bear attacks are registered in Sakhalin, and last year 12 of the animals considered a threat to the population were killed, a drop from 42 in 2008.

There are between 3,500 and 4,000 bears living in the region.

© 2010 AFP

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