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.© Japan Today