Russian region to shoot hungry bears after attacks
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's Far Eastern region of Yakutia is to resort to shooting dead hungry and aggressive wild bears who have become a major danger for humans after floods destroyed their favourite food of berries, an official said Thursday.
"There have been six cases of bear attacks on homes in the past month" in one particularly affected town of Srednekolymsk, on the Kolyma river, said head of the region's hunting department Nikolai Smetanin.
"They break in, empty the refrigerators," he told AFP.
"One bear climbed into a boat of a family that was picking berries. Other bears scavenge at cemeteries."