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Beware: Brown bear armed with two guns on the loose in Siberian region

By The Siberian Times reporter
24 November 2017

Wild beast steals weapons from frightened hunter before vanishing into the remote taiga.

'On November 16 he was hunting miles away from the nearest village and decided to stay at a forest cabin.' Picture: Internal Ministry in Irkutsk region

The brown bear brazenly walked into a remote forest cabin, and helped itself to the man's bag plus two guns, say police. 

The animal turned the tables on the 57 year old hunter when he went to a nearby river to get water deep in Irkutsk region. 

'On November 16 he was hunting miles away from the nearest village and decided to stay at a forest cabin,' said a statement from the local interior ministry. 

'He left his belongings in the cabin and went to get some water. On his return, he heard some suspicious sounds and spotted a bear. 


Bucket with the traces of teeth

The traces of bear's presence - scratches on the logs and bitten plastic bucket. Pictures: Internal Ministry in Irkutsk region

'To avoid an encounter with the animal, the hunter scurried off into the woods where he hid for several hours.'

When he returned to the remote cabin, his bag and two guns were missing. 

The hunter went to look for his weapons in the taiga for several days but returned empty-handed. 

This then prompted him to contact the police.

IZH shotgun


IZH shotgun and Vepr carbine. Pictures: MilitaryArms, Okhota Rybalka Kirov

The beast is in possession of a Vepr carbine and IZH shotgun, pictured here, according to police.

Crime scene pictures show the bear left its tooth marks on a bucket and scratched some logs. 

It is unclear if the man was hunting bears but the season is still open until 30 November. 

By now, many bears are hibernating for the winter. 

Other animals that can be hunted in Irkutsk region are moose, deer, boar, ducks, hare, fox, wolf, sable, and mink.


Comments (11)

Did the bear leave behind State of California flag?
calibear, Kalifornistan
29/11/2017 08:35
All they have to do is call the cops when the bear stops in
for ammo.
Chili Ron, Norhern Illinois
27/11/2017 18:26
We hope he doesn't find the ammunition. : )
Ed, Prescott, Arizona, US
27/11/2017 11:06
The IZH shotgun (top) and Vepr are properly identified in the above photo.Both photos are stock photos taken from the internet. Now, better defined, the shotgun, with sling, in the top photo is a Baikal IZH-43 Russian 12-gauge Double, Side-by-Side Shotgun. The Vepr pictured is not a carbine or rifle, which would normally be chambered for 7.62x39 or 7.62x54r, but is a Molot Vep-12, 12-gauge shotgun, which the Siberian Times reporter mistook to represent the hunter's stolen rifle. The rifle and shotgun appear similar, but the shotgun has a larger magazine and larger diameter barrel.
Chastran, Columbia, USA
27/11/2017 03:52
As Роберт Р. says, here comes a Russian Bears "Bear"ing Arms comment...:-). Given that I love the intelligence of nature, I think this is one smart Bear that he and/or she knows exactly what they are doing. Based on Sergey's comments, perhaps the Bears are protecting the Human "Hunters" from themselves. Thank you for also sharing the very beautiful picture at the end of the article. In Canada & the US we have Grizzly Bears with a distinct hump between the shoulder blades. It is likely the angle of the photo but I am just curious if there are different species of Russian Brown Bears?
Pamela Tetarenko, League City, United States
26/11/2017 04:14
Too many men in Russia go out "hunting" not for food or even trophies, but just as a social activity with friends, for fun, get together, drink lots of vodka out there, a vacation away from the wife and the children. Too many get really drunk, and then accidents happen, when you combine vodka and guns, you know; sometimes deliberate violence happens, men have their disputes and such; and, sometimes, bears happen too lol Sometimes, in Russia, you hunt the bear, but, sometimes, it hunts you too :)
Sergey, Earth
26/11/2017 02:05
I believe that is a Vepr shotgun (bottom) and an IZH carbine rifle (top)
Guns, Guntown
26/11/2017 01:50
In Siberia, Bear shoots you.
e, Phoenix
25/11/2017 22:22
Don't worry, it was not an american bear
Andy32, Maston
25/11/2017 20:50
Cue the "In Russia, they keep and arm bears" jokes . . .
Роберт Р., США
25/11/2017 20:41
lets just hope the bear does not know how to USE these guns....
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
25/11/2017 09:25

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