An Asiatic black bear attacked four men in Yamanouchi town, Nagano Prefecture, on Friday. One of the men was seriously injured, while the other three suffered minor injuries to their arms and faces.
NHK reported that the attack took place shortly before 6 a.m. when the 80-kilogram male bear wandered into a residential area. The first man, 64, was attacked while he was walking. The bear then went into a nearby garden and seriously injured the resident, a man in his 80s, and attacked his two neighbors who had come to help him.
One of the men said he tried to fend off the bear with a shovel. The bear went into the neighbors' home through the front door. It remained inside until a hunter shot it dead about 90 minutes later, NHK reported.
Prefectural authorities said that there have been 837 reported sightings of wild bears since April. Authorities said in autumn, bears aggressively search for food before hibernating for the winter.© Japan Today