Russian bear eats a pig, tries for a man.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Grizzly Bears eat Gristle. Say that three times quickly!
I was amused to discoverer this following story in the Herald Sun about a bear gone wild in Siberia. And then I thought to me self wild bears don't go wild, the go 'natural' in urban areas.... basically it just gave me an excuse to link to this story about how some bears ate some sleeping campers.

Here's the story:

A wild bear that savaged a pig before trying to attack residents in Siberia was shot dead by emergency officials.

The animal was first spotted by locals in Kyzyl, the capital of Siberia's Tyva region that borders Mongolia, during Russia's National Unity Day celebrations on Thursday, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported

The bear then left the city, home to about 110,000 people, and went to a nearby village.

There the animal killed a pig and attempted to attack residents before it was shot by emergency ministry staff, a local official said.

An exceptional heat wave that hit Russia in the last endless summer deprived the brown bears of their usual food and pushed them closer to communities.

In September, a bear mauled a young man in a central street of Syktyvkar, capital of the remote Komi region in northwest Russia.

The bear wounded the man in the neck before he managed to flee. We understand the man drank some homebrew beer to get over his injuries.

The incident prompted officials to draw up a list of practical tips for locals on how to survive encounters with bears.

The guide warns that residents should stay calm and stand still if they meet a bear. In the worst-case scenario, if the bear attacks, the victim should behave aggressively.

"Shout angrily at it and look it straight in the eyes," the guide says.

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The officials drew up a list? The first thing on my list would have been don't go camping with polar bears. Speaking of camping, here's my trip of the South Island. The only thing that ate Jimmy Jangles was the sandflies.

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