The Herald on Sunday

Wild bear on the loose in Japan wounds four


A WILD brown bear on the loose all night in a city in northern Japan wounded four people, entered a military camp and disrupted flights at the airport before being shot and killed by authoritie­s.

The bear was seen wandering through the streets of Sapporo in the early hours of Friday, triggering a number of calls to police. Over the next eight hours, Hokkaido prefectura­l police said the bear injured a woman in her 80s, a man in his 70s and a man in his 40s before attacking a soldier.

Police said the condition of those injured was not known, but the Asahi newspaper reported that the man in his 40s suffered serious injuries to his chest, back and limbs after he was mauled by the bear while walking on the street.

Toshihiro Hamada, an official at Sapporo city environmen­tal department, said the bear’s presence in town was a surprise and officials were investigat­ing how the animal ended up in town

“We are sorry that four people were injured,” he said.

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The wild bear in Sapporo

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