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Bear shot dead after entering school in Ishikawa

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A bear was shot dead after it wandered into a school in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Thursday.

TV Asahi reported that the bear entered the Morimoto school building at around 7 a.m. and then ran toward the playing field. "There were already some students at school for morning sports," the principal said.

Police said there had been two earlier bear sightings reported in the vicinity -- at 3:40 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Members of a local hunting association were alerted and one of them shot the bear behind the emergency stairs at the school building.

The school was evacuated and there were no injuries.

The bear was an adult male, one meter long and weighing 40 kilograms, police said, adding there have been 24 bear sightings in the area this year.

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Adult male of only 40 kg? Starving and sickly? Poor thing.

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Adult male of the honshu sub-species of asian black (moon) bear averages a weight of 60-120kg according to Wikipedia's.

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Can someone please buy these people tranquilizer guns? Why do we have to kill every bear?

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Can someone please buy these people tranquilizer guns? Why do we have to kill every bear?

Because if released back into the wild the same bear will more than likely return to the same area it was foraging before being captured. There is little that can be done.

Hey now the kids can have some bear meat for lunch instead of whale or dolphin!

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Are they really sure it was a bear? An adult bear weighing 40kg and measuring a meter long is really, really small, even in the spring.

No humans were harmed in the making of this article.

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Adult male of only 40 kg? Starving and sickly? Poor thing.

Only the weight of a human adolescent. I thought that this must be a typo at first.

However, if the bear has only recently emerged from hibernation it will be at minimum weight and will spend the rest of the warm months fattening itself up for the next winter.

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Hey now the kids can have some bear meat for lunch instead of whale or dolphin!

You're all heart...

I'm pretty sure the bear could have been darted and released in another area free from people.

Members of a local hunting association were alerted and one of them shot the bear behind the emergency stairs at the school building.

Sounds like they cornered the poor bear... and he was only a metre long? That's tiny! I was expecting something like a brown bear, you know, man size. Big brave bear hunters...

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And those are the "bear" facts. As cute as bears can be, they are very dangerous to humans. Sorry to read it had to be shot, but that's better than reading about children getting hurt or killed by a bear.

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That is a really harsh first day at school.

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Even here in the U.S., while in some cases Bears in areas of human habitation are tranquilized and transported, if one were to get into a school I can say with 100% certainty it would be shot.

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What a coincidence. My friend who lives in Ehime posted a picture of a bear he found hiking in the woods yesterday. I didn't even know there were wild bears in Japan! That's what living in Tokyo does to you.

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Some people also eat bear in Ishikawa, and no doubt other places. Hics!

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Sorry to read it had to be shot

You didn't read that it had to be shot. What you read was that it was shot, by one of a group of people whose hobby is killing things for fun.

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They kill them because bear livers go for a fortune on the Japanese market for traditional medicinals.

Members of a local hunting association were alerted and one of them shot the bear behind the emergency stairs at the school building.

I had no idea that bears had emergency stairs!! ... and what part of the bear is the school building, somewhere near the head?

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You didn't read that it had to be shot. What you read was that it was shot, by one of a group of people whose hobby is killing things for fun.

Multiple children's safety > one bear's life. We know you find hunters to be sadistic, barbaric, evil and perverse sub-humans, but come on.

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We know you find hunters to be sadistic, barbaric, evil and perverse sub-humans, but come on.

But come on what? A group of highly-skilled, crack marksmen are unable to use a tranquiliser gun to subdue an animal half the size of any one of them?

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But come on what? A group of highly-skilled, crack marksmen are unable to use a tranquiliser gun to subdue an animal half the size of any one of them?

Tranquilizer cartridges are fired using very specific guns, and not many (i.e. zero) people own tranq cartridges/guns. Furthermore, animals, especially bears, don't always follow Queensberry rules when you try to subdue them.

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It was a metre long bear... not a giant slavering monster with drool dripping from its blood stained fangs...

Wait a sec... how many of those who advocate the bear being shot are Americans for whom hunting bears and other wild animals is a rite of passage?

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It was a metre long bear... not a giant slavering monster with drool dripping from its blood stained fangs...

Do a little reading on Bears. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiatic_black_bear

Though largely herbivorous, Asian black bears can be very aggressive toward humans, and have frequently attacked people without provocation.

And then this section of the article:

TV Asahi reported that the bear entered the Morimoto school building at around 7 a.m. and then ran toward the playing field. “There were already some students at school for morning sports,” the principal said.

Dangerous species + children nearby = (safe > sorry)

Wait a sec... how many of those who advocate the bear being shot are Americans for whom hunting bears and other wild animals is a rite of passage?

I don't hunt, never have, and never will, and I think they did the right thing by shooting the bear. Worst case scenario: they killed an innocent bear. I will condone an animal death over a possible human injury every day of the week.

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I think we should call Cleo next time when this happen.

And agree would have been better to tranquilise it and release it into the wild. As was said those rounds are not common and to contain the right dosage.

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Cleo- you would be singing a diffrent tune if that bear mualed and killed a student " oh, how come they didnt shoot the bear" I beleive if the school was empty or there was not any students around it might "might" have been diffrent, but in reguards to this ,children safety first. If it was your kid that got mualed and killed by the bear what would you have said? " oh, it happens, at least the bear live?" yeah right.

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