Polar bear shot dead after it killed man

August 21st, 2011 - 10:05 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Aug 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A polar bear that mauled a man to death in Russia’s far eastern region has been shot dead along with two other bears, an official said.

Andrei Boltunov, co-chairman of the Committee for Marine Mammals, said the incident took place in Chukotka region.

The mauling occurred late Friday night. Police found and killed the three-year-old polar bear, as well as a female polar bear and her 18-month-old cub.

“Three young polar bears appeared near the village several days ago and were holed up in an old pig barn. At around 11 p.m. Friday, 32-year-old Stanislav Ettuvge was heading to work at a boiler and crossed through a coal storage site when he was attacked by the polar bear,” Boltunov said.

He said another two bears that were living alongside the three ran out of the village.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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