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Bear sent into exile after stealing picnic box from hunters

By The Siberian Times reporter
15 May 2019

Beast was seen daily on roadside begging for food from humans, but he fell for a cabbage pie bait and was returned to wild.

Bear-robber fell for a cabbage pie bait and was returned to wild. PIcture: Pressa41

A recent video from Kamchatka showed how a group of hunters lost their lunch box to a wild predator by a roadside. 

The animal jumped into the back of their pickup truck and made away with their lunch box clasped in its jaws. 

A hunter is heard shouting to his friend: 'Shoot… Pasha, please shoot… What is with you? 

'He’s stealing the box. That’s all our food inside it!'

Hunter Pasha fired a shot into the air but this did nothing to deter the large brown bear from stealing a sumptuous meal as it ran into the forest.

Bear goes to the trap


Bear goes to the trap


Bear goes to the trap


Bear goes to the trap


The bear inside the trap

He was lured into a specially-made container - tempted by fish and a tasty cabbage pie. Pictures: Evgeniy Biryukov, Pressa41

But now the wildlife authorities have forcibly relocated the bear because it posed the threat to humans on the highway. 

A new video shows how the 'beggar bear' was trapped. 

He was lured into a specially-made container - tempted by fish and a tasty cabbage pie. 

It was then driven into the wild - several dozen kilometres away - where it must fend for itself.

Bear inside the trap


Bear released into the wild

It was then driven into the wild - several dozen kilometres away - where it must fend for itself. Pictures: Pressa41

Viktor Furyaev, director of the State Wildlife Service in Kamchatka, said: ‘The trap worked, because the bear is young, it is not more than three years old, he is curious and arrogant. 

‘More experienced and older animals are usually much more careful. 

‘And in this bear, the feeling of hunger ultimately defeated the feeling of fear, so it climbed. 

‘We put inside the fish to attract with the smell. And a pie - so it got interested.' 

The bear was seen last year by the highway and returned after its winter hibernation. 

Experts say the animal may try again to reach the road and his human feeders, or may become satisfied with life in the wild fending for himself. 

A ‘Do Not Feed The Bears’ campaign has been launched in the region. 

Hunters’ fury as a wild beast makes off with a box filled with their picnic.


Hunters’ fury as a wild beast makes off with a box filled with their picnic.


Hunters’ fury as a wild beast makes off with a box filled with their picnic.

Hunter Pasha fired a shot into the air but this did nothing to deter the large brown bear from stealing a sumptuous meal as it ran into the forest. Pictures: Alexander Vorobyov

In 2018 some 70 bears were shot in Kamchatka region - a peninsula jutting into the Pacific -  because they posed a threat to people. 

Experts say many of these beasts were encouraged to come close to humans because they were being fed by people.

Two people were killed by bears last year. 

In Ust-Bolsheretsky district the body of a hunter was found recently who is believed to have died after being ambushed by a bear.

The bear was seen last year by the highway and returned after its winter hibernation. Pictures: Artem Vinogradov, alexander_15977, Denis Korepanov, Kira Lagaeva

Bear pictured at the road


Bear pictured at the road


Bear pictured at the road


Selfie with the bear

Comments (3)

Life is hard in the wild, so every animal will go for easy food. Its got very little to do with men encroaching on the bears territory
alex, Sweden
20/05/2019 20:15
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Beautiful bear. Cheers to a healthy life.
Charles, Texas USA
19/05/2019 13:07
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We humans encroach on the bears territory, kill their food sources, and then punish them when they find an unprotected food source left by humans. Some stupid people go even further, by feeding them on the side of the road, so the bears see humans as a potential food source. I lived in "bear country" in Alberta Canada for many years, we had a saying "a fed bear is a dead bear" With this particular story, it is the hunters who should "sent into exile", NOT the bears.
Paul Gilbert, Canada
17/05/2019 21:30
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