A group of people searching for a missing man in a mountain forest in Aizumisato, Fukushima Prefecture, were attacked by a bear on Tuesday.
According to police, the party went into the forest to look for a 78-year-old man who had gone missing on Monday while searching for edible wild plants in the area. The group consisted of two police officers, a town hall employee and the man's son.
TV Asahi reported that the four men were attacked by a bear that suddenly emerged from a thicket at around 2 p.m. and injured all four. The missing man's son and the town hall official sustained serious injuries to their heads while the police officers sustained minor injuries to their arms and shoulders.
Police say the remains of the missing man were found in the forest. It is thought likely that he was attacked in a similar manner to the search party.© Japan Today