A one-meter-long male black bear was spotted 11 times in nine urban areas of Nagano City on Friday, police said.
According to police, the bear was first seen at about 5 a.m. near the Omotesando intersection which leads to Zenkoji. It then showed up in a car park, before moving to a street in downtown Nagano where it wandered in front of a hotel, Fuji TV reported.
At 6 a.m., the bear was spotted on the platform at JR Nagano Station, but no commuters were injured. It moved off to a riverbank where police and local hunters searched for it.
At 11 a.m., police found the footprints of a bear on the Susobana riverbank. The bear emerged from the bushes along the river at about 4 p.m. and was shot dead by a hunter.
However, police said it was possible that there was more than one bear in the area and asked residents to be careful.© Japan Today