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Armed Bear at Large

When you go out in the wilderness, you take a gun because of the possibility of bears. In Mother Russia, bear takes gun. At least that's the story from an unnamed hunter in the Irkutsk region of Siberia. The 57-year-old man was staying at a remote cabin and went to the nearby river to fetch water. As he was returning, he saw a brown bear at the cabin. He did not approach the bear. According to the police report,

'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.

The guns in the bag were a Vepr carbine and IZH shotgun. The bear also left scratch marks around the interior of the cabin. Neither the bear nor the weapons have been seen since. The police report did not mention the possibility of human burglars during the hours that the hunter was hiding, or whether vodka may have been involved. See more pictures at the Siberian Times.  -via Dave Barry

(Image credit: Irkutsk Internal Ministry)

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