French tourist attacked by brown bear in Russia

A French tourist has been left with serious injuries after she was attacked by a bear in eastern Russia.

French tourist attacked by brown bear in Russia
The woman was attacked in the face and legs by the bear. File photo: Scott Lowe/Flickr
The 29-year-old woman was travelling with friends in the Kamchatka Peninsula, in far eastern Russia when the attack occurred on Wednesday.
“The woman found herself face to face with a bear while climbing the Tolbachik Volcano with friends,” Viktor Roumantsiev of the Russian Foreign Ministry told the AFP news agency. 
He added that she was taken to hospital, where she remains in a serious but stable condition. The bear attacked her face and legs, he said.

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The group of friends had been hiking in the area without guides, the ministry spokesman said. 
The area is believed to be home to around 15,000 brown bears, a species which can grow to be three metres tall when standing, and can weigh up to 700 kilograms. 
There have been two bear attacks on humans in the area already this year, reported French radio channel Europe 1, although both of the victims survived.


Bear hunt launched in France after rescue cub escapes from village

A malnourished bear cub found wandering alone through a French village last week has escaped from the home of its appointed carer, triggering a major search, local authorities said Monday.

Bear hunt launched in France after rescue cub escapes from village
Bears are sometimes spotted living wild in the French mountains. Photo: AFP

The cub, believed to be about five months old, has very little chance of survival unless found in the coming hours, according to authorities in Tarn, a southwestern region in the French Pyrenees.

Weighing a mere 8kg, it presents “no danger to humans,” officials said in a statement.

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The bear was found in south west France. Photo: Préfecture of Ariège

The little bear, which was separated from its mother before being weaned, was very weak when found in Couflens, a village on the French-Spanish border. 

After being caught by agents from France's national hunting and wildlife agency ONCFS, it was taken in by a person licensed to keep wild animals.

Saint-Pierre-de-Trivisy, about 100 km east of Toulouse.

No details about how the cub escaped were immediately available.

A team of 12, including three ONCFS wildlife experts, were searching for the animal on Monday.

The authorities appealed for information on any sightings. 

About 50 brown bears live on the French side of the Pyrenees mountains that straddle the border with Spain. 

France began reintroducing bears from Slovenia about 20 years ago, despite opposition from local farmers, after the native population was hunted to near extinction.