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Brown bear chases fisherman to death in icy river after stealing his catch

By The Siberian Times reporter
12 June 2018

Hungry beast’s attack seen by anglers on other shore who shouted to warn him, but could do nothing to help.

Sergey, 31, got so nervous that he started to throw stones at the bear, trying to scare the animal away

Dancer and fisherman Sergey Zhirkov’s panic-stricken last moments were filmed by horrified onlookers as a bear helped itself to his fished and ripped apart his boat. 

The 31 year old man from Kovran in the north of Kamchatka had climbed the steep river bank to get a phone signal to tell his friends to come and collect him after his fishing expedition. 

A bear then clambered into his boat on the shore, ripped it apart, and ate his fish. 

Sergey got so nervous that he started to throw stones at the bear, trying to scare the animal away. 

The bear retreated at first, but then came back and chased Sergey first up the hill, and then down into the river. 

Fisherman on the other bank shouted warnings to the terrified man. 

With the predator squaring up, Sergey - wearing long boots - backed away from the beast into the cold stream.

He tried swimming across the river to reach a rope thrown by the other fisherman but he was overcome by the current and cold and was swept downstream.

‘Sergey’s body was washed ashore early this morning after it was taken into the Sea of Okhotsk. The bear ran away, we have not managed to trace him’, said Irina Kvasova, head of Kovran village administration. 

The village of Kovran is situated in the west coast of Kamchatka peninsula, some 683km north of regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. 

The village’s population is 250 people. 

Sergey had been a dancer with the prominent Elvel ensemble in Kamchatka. 

Pictured below: Elvel dancing ensemble, village of Kovran, Kamchatka peninsula

Brown bear chases fisherman to death in icy river after stealing his catch


Brown bear chases fisherman to death in icy river after stealing his catch

Comments (2)

It was sad that the brown bear won, but things happen in the world.
WilliamI, United States
05/07/2018 18:05
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to bad for the man. but good for the bear. it is MAN who is encroaching on their environment.
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
16/06/2018 00:32
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