Jul 24, 2008
Here's a thought, maybe Russia should consider fixing the environmental factors that are forcing these bears to eat people. I mean shooting them all might work, I don't know. I'm not a scientist.
NY TIMES: Russia’s bears have traditionally been a national symbol of pride and potency, mythologized in fairy tales and depicted in advertisements and on the flag of Russia’s top political party. Today, however, Russia’s bears are on the attack.
Hungry due to a lack of salmon, some 30 gigantic and ravenously hungry Kamchatka brown bears have already killed and eaten 2 men at a platinum mine in Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka region and appear to be hunting for more. People in the region have been forced to cower in their homes waiting for hunters to dispose of the animals, which can stand 10 ft tall and weigh up to 1,500 lbs.
Local officials have considered exterminating the creatures, and a group of hunters has already been dispatched to the region where most of the bears have gathered. Hunters killed at least 300 bears last year and poachers shot about 600 more illegally.