Man killed by hungry bear in Russia

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia - A man was killed by a bear early Tuesday in Russia’s far eastern region, in the latest in a series of attacks on humans by hungry bears that have also left 11 people injured, local police said.

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Published: Tue 25 Oct 2005, 2:36 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:41 PM

The man, aged 20, was killed in the village of Rozhdestvenska, in the Vladivostok area.

Encounters between humans and bears have become ever more frequent as a result of a severe shortage of cedar cones and acorn, which make up a substantial part of the animals’ diet, according to officials with the regional branch of the international conservation organisation WWF. Because of that, bears have to forage closer to villages to look for food, they said.

“By the beginning of October, there had already been 11 cases of attacks of bears on people. The bears clearly suffered from a lack of food,” and are encountered near villages more often than usual, said Vadim Kirilyuk, who heads the Russian far eastern branch of WWF’s biodiversity program.

“And the threat is mounting,” Kirilyuk added.

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