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Give me a train ticket! A bear on the rampage at remote railway station

By The Siberian Times reporter
28 March 2013

Bears are increasingly coming out of the forest in search of food, say wildlife experts.

Let... me... in! Bear is trying to break through the window of Tarbinskaya ticket office in Krasnoyarsk region. Picture: The Siberian Times
This one made for a remote train station, believed to be Tarbinskaya in Krasnoyarsk region, as shown on the video footage below. The creature lunged at the station window, protected by metal bars.  

A male voice calls to the bear 'Mishka, Mishka' - the name Russians traditionally give to brown bears.

One picture shows the bear clawing at the window in a bid to come in.

But another picture suggests people were taunting the bear by putting food within sight inside the window, encouraging the animal to come close. Or maybe the bear really wanted to travel by train? The images, recently uploaded on the Russian web, were probably taken last Spring since currently Kransoyarsk region is covered in snow and bears are still hibernating.

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Bear tries to break through the train station

Let... me... in! Bear is trying to break through the window of Tarbinskaya ticket office in Krasnoyarsk region. Picture: The Siberian Times

Last year brought a number of warnings of bears - short of food - coming close to villages, towns and even cities. 

For example, the authorities in Bratsk in September reported more than 60 calls from residents complaining of bears on the streets.

The hungry creatures were sighted in the suburbs and heading towards the city in Irkutsk region.

Blame was put on poor growth of berries and nuts with bears are turning to urban areas in search of food, raiding bins and rubbish heaps. 

Bear tries to break through the train station


Bear tries to break through the train station


Bear tries to break through the train station


Bear tries to break through the train station

Blame was put on poor growth of berries and nuts with bears are turning to urban areas in search of food, raiding bins and rubbish heaps. Pictures: The Siberian Times

Around the same time, a bear stealing cattle was shot in Novosibirsk region after it killed a bull in a village. Two policemen were called in to shoot the creature. 

A day earlier a bear attacked a man in Khakassia region. He reach hospital unaided but his condition was said to be serious. 

Close to Kransnoyarsk city, rangers warned tourists of the dangers of bears in Stolby Nature Reserve.  

Around 30 browns bears are known to live there and in recent years summer tracks used by walkers have had to be closed due to fears of attacks. 

Specialist Vladimir Kozhechkin said: 'Most of the predators don't come close to people. But lately, tourists and staff of the reserve keep meeting the animals. 

'It happens because this year there is not enough food for the bears. That's why they more often come to people, their houses, to places where tourists regularly stop in the hope of getting some food'.

Bear tries to break through train station Siberia


Bear tries to break through train station Siberia


Bear tries to break through train station Siberia

Bears are increasingly coming out of the forest in search of food, say wildlife experts.


Bear tries to break through train station Siberia


Bear tries to break through train station Siberia


Watch the bear trying to break into the station ticket office 



Comments (1)

We have the exact situation in Canada. Bears are breaking into homes and yes ... even opening fridges believe it or not.



Sadly, bears have to be shot on the spot, when then are foraging for food in the various dump sites. We - as humans - have to accept major responsibility - for this.



In Canada, we also have a new species the "Grolar bear" - Grizzly bears and Polar bears are mating.



Okay, best for now.
Jane, Vancouver, Canada
20/05/2013 00:43
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