Russian hunter killed and 'eaten to the bone' by bear that he had raised since it was a cub
41-year-old Sergey Grigoriyev was killed and eaten by the bear which he had rescued and raised in Ozersk, Russia
A Russian hunter was killed and eaten by a brown bear he had rescued as a cub after it escaped from the cage it had been confined to in his garden. The victim was identified as 41-year-old father-of-one Sergey Grigoriyev with the police reporting that the animal also killed and ate one of the hunter's three dogs.
According to the Daily Mail, the furious bear had eaten both Grigoriyev and the dogs "to the bone".
When authorities arrived at the residence, they uncovered blood marks on the snow from the fatal attack and only found the 41-year-old's "skeletal remains."
The incident unfolded in Ozersk, a closed city with a population of just a little over 80,000 located in the Chelyabinsk Oblast region of Russia. Police were alerted to the possibility that Grigoriyev might be in danger after relatives reported him missing and his bear loose from its cage.
When they arrived at his residence, they found the bear out of its cage and aggressively stalking the property. Speaking about the incident, Senior detective Alexey Petrov was quoted saying, "'The cage was open. The animal was walking around behaving aggressively. On the plot, we found the skeletal remains of a man."
Police said they took a decision to shoot and kill the animal, with a statement reading, "Officers used their service weapons to kill the dangerous animal. As a result of the measures taken, the bear does not pose a threat to citizens' lives and health any longer."
One neighbor revealed he had recently shared tea with the 41-year-old but had not seen him afterward. He also said that when relatives eventually came around to the residence looking for him, they were attacked by the bear and only managed to escape because they had a dog with them.
"We called him but he did not answer. When his relatives came, they saw a bear wandering around the plot," he said. "There was a dog with them. It attacked the bear, giving the people the opportunity to escape in the car."
Local media reports stated that Grigoriyev had initially rescued the bear — named Vorchun or Grumbler — four years ago when it was a cub and raised it on his plot of land. He had also rescued another bear cub around the same time but later gave it away.
While he had been attacked by the bear on previous occasions, he had decided to keep it because the only offer he received for it was from a "baiting station" — which are notorious for their cruelty to animals and where hunting dogs are trained to operate around live predators.
The Mail reported that the Russian Investigative Committee is now examining the case.