In a gruesome incident, a 62-year-old hunter in Russia was killed in a revenge attack by the bear he fatally wounded.
With reference to Russian news agency Interfax, News Week reported that the unnamed hunter tried to kill the wild animal from a platform in the Tulun district of the Irkutsk region of Russia. Perhaps because he believed the brown bear was dead, he climbed off the platform only to be attacked and killed by the beast in his last act. The bear apparently crushed the man’s skull and started clinging to him.
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The 62-year-old, who was reported missing, was located after a search patrolled the forest. His bloodied body was discovered with claws and fangs. The bear’s carcass, on the other hand, was found about 50 meters from the hunter.
The regional office of the Russian Interior Ministry said according to the outlet: “The fatally wounded predator managed to sustain an injury from which the hunter died.”
It is still not clear what kind of bear attacked the hunter. However, brown bears and Kamchatka brown bears can all be found in Russia. They can weigh up to 1,300 pounds and stand as long as 7 feet when on two legs.
Bear attacks in Russia are common. According to News Week, back in 2021, a camper was eaten by a bear while watching three friends with horror. The animal rushed to the friends in a Russian national park and eventually killed one of them.
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That same year, a 24-year-old Russian woman was also never seen again after disappearing into a forest near Severouralsk. Her body was not found, but authorities suspected the bear was responsible for the incident. They also believed that the bear may have buried her remains.
Bears are usually not aggressive towards humans unless they feel provoked or vulnerable. They usually do not attack people to eat. A bear will most likely attack when food or its cubs are involved.