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A police officer in East Siberia's Krasnoyarsk Territory shot and killed
A police officer in East Siberia's Krasnoyarsk Territory shot and killed a hungry bear that attacked a dog in a village, a police spokesman said on Monday.

The spokesman said, the three-year-old bear was foraging for food in the village of Nedolgy, in the Krasnoyarsk Territory and posed a threat to locals. The concerned villagers contacted the police for help in dealing with the bear.

"The predator was found in one of the yards where it had already mauled a dog," the spokesman said. "In view of the seriousness of the situation, the police officer shot the bear killing the animal with a rifle," he added.

The Krasnoyarsk Territory had seen a number of bear attacks on local people in recent months. In September, a woman was mauled to death by a bear, and a group of Kazakh tourists were rescued by local emergencies officers following an attack.

In Siberia's Altai Territory, a man was attacked earlier this month by a brown bear in a village in the taiga, which had been on alert over increasing numbers of hungry bears foraging for food.

Wildlife experts blame increasing development and tourism, as well as a lack of berries and nuts, the bears' main food source, for the rise in attacks this year.


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