GIFU (TR) – A bear was shot and killed in Takayama City after an attack resulted in injuries to three persons, reports TBS News (Apr. 26).
At 7:50 p.m. on Tuesday, the bear bit a man, 40, who was out jogging on a road in the town of Ishiura, causing light injuries to his head. The animal then entered a residence about 140 meters away and attacked a woman, 73, who suffered injuries to her head and heck. The bear also bit the foot of the woman’s 47-year-old daughter.
All three persons were transported to a nearby hospital but only the injuries to the elderly woman are considered serious.
A member of a local hunting club later found the animal, an Asian black bear measuring about 120 centimeters in height and weighing 120 kilograms, inside a bathroom at the residence of the elderly woman and shot it dead.
The location of the incident is about 3 kilometers south of JR Takayama Station. Later that night, police received reports about sightings of baby bears in the area. On Wednesday, volunteers and guardians were scheduled to provide special escorts to children going to elementary school.