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Hunters kill brown bear in residential area of Sapporo


Hunters in Sapporo shot and killed a brown bear in a residential area of Sapporo on Friday morning after it was spotted in various parts of the neighborhood.

Police said the 1.5-meter brown bear was first seen on Thursday afternoon in Minami Ward. A resident called 110 to report the bear was in his garden. It had gone when police arrived, but was spotted in another location later in the day.

On Friday morning, police and hunters were mobilized to find the bear. It was spotted in Moiwashita at about 6 a.m., at which point hunters shot it dead.

Last October, there was a spate of bear sightings from members of the public in Sapporo locations including the grounds of a hospital, school and park.

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Once again, we humans prove that we are the cancer of the world. We are infecting and destroying everything and we kill whatever happens to roam into our space. 'Holding my head in shame'...

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Why kill it? Is compassion towards animals totally lost in Japan (apart from little dogs whilst they remain 'kawaii' that is)? Surely they could have used a tranquilizer and relocated it back into the wild?

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That's because bears have a fair sense of orientation, and they usually can get back to where they came from unless they are extremely far away from their starting point (Which is unlikely in Japan). It's quite a problem, if they think that populated areas are part of their territory, and if they really went to schools and hospitals, i can kinda understand... You can't just relocate a bear to anywhere, because it needs a huge part of uninhibited space in an area where fauna and flora is the same and without any other "enemies or competition" to garantie it's survival... (Saw a documentation of relocating Russian bears not too long ago...)

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It's a little odd. The BBC has a story about 2 women being killed by bears in Akita this morning.


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Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking tokyokawasaki. Haven't these guys heard of tranquilizer darts? Unless someone was under immediate threat, there is no reason to kill it. How barbaric.

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Don`t know the whole story, but most likely determined as a problem bear.

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i never heard that they try to tranquilize the bear, everythime a bear leaves their designated area without permission it gets shot even if it hasn't attacked anyone

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Yeah, I just saw that bear on TV. Poor creature, didn't do anything wrong. Like cleo said: Shame on those killers. Tranquilizers would have been perfectly fine.

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Wouldn't be surprised if these people now make a nabe out of it and claim that killing bears for food is "our culture"...

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Why can't they use tranquilizers and move it somewhere? Why do they have to kill everytime?

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Anthony - please show me any evidence that a 1.5m bear has "ripped apart any man". Let's admit that this was a tragic over-reaction by redneck shooters.

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The two bears in Akita story was just on the telly. Bears kept in bare enclosures, nothing to enhance the environment, mind-numbingly boring space; and snow piled high in one corner, right up to the top of the enclosure. The only thing missing was an "Exit" sign and an arrow at the bottom of the pile. Again, bears getting killed for human incompetence.

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Had it attacked anyone? No so it didn't accuire the taste of human flesh. It was most likely just curious about different surroundings. They could easily of just tranquillized the bear and located it to one of the national parks in Hokkaido. Or is that too much effort?

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Well, when are we going to admit, THERE ARE TOO MANY HUMANS WRECKING THE EARTH at the exspense of innocent wildlife.

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Anthony - please show me any evidence that a 1.5m bear has "ripped apart any man". Let's admit that this was a tragic over-reaction by redneck shooters.

They grow much bigger than that, and a 1.5m bear that has lost its fear of people is going to grow into an even more dangerous bear.

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what's all these bear killings lately? some politicians put in order for bear skin rugs ?

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Akita bears go for revenge?? There was zero need to kill it. Humans have a real attitude problem about what is 'theirs". The bears were there long before Sapporo was...

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This is how it's done in a civilised society.

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The bear had been wandering round from Thursday afternoon till Friday morning without hurting or threatening anyone. Video shows that it was killed in a wooded area, where it posed no immediate threat to anyone and in fact seemed to be trying to get back into its normal habitat. No reason at all a tranquiliser couldn't have been used. Shameful. A local resident interviewed on the video says she isn't convinced that there was any need to kill the animal.


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Human Scum @ its finest.

After all, who really cares? Humans are MASTERS of the universe (or so they think) therefore they will keep slaughtering all the species into extinction..

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So I asked, why do these J hunters shoot and kill bears instead of using tranquilzers? The answer, too bothersome to take them back to the woods. Now ask yourself, what kind of other society thinks like that?

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I've hunted black bears in Canada. They are overpopulated, and they become a serious danger if they begin to interact with human settlements.

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The ones that venture into cities should be killed. Bears have a capacity of entirely ripping any man apart especially in this time of the year when they wake from their hibernation... All of people here who are talking crap that bear should have been tranquilized and released in the wild are obviously talking without any real life experience...

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