Bear traverses Slovak town, leaves five injured

Bear traverses Slovak town, leaves five injured

A brown bear has been spotted in a town in Slovakia, causing injuries to five people. The victims, ranging from 10 to 72 years old, suffered bite wounds and scratches. Mayor of Liptovsky Mikulas, Jan Blchac, reported the incident to the TASR agency on Sunday. Fortunately, the injured individuals have been treated and allowed to leave the hospital, although one of them almost lost an eye.

In response to the bear sighting, a crisis staff convened in the city of Liptovsky Mikulas, which has a population of approximately 31,500 inhabitants. It was determined that the bear had crossed the Vah River and entered a residential area. After being seen near a shopping center, the bear was chased into a wooded area. The city council has decided to have the bear shot, although its gender is still unknown.

This incident comes shortly after a tragic event in the Demänovska Dolina valley near the winter sports village of Jasna, in the Low Tatras, where a 31-year-old woman from Belarus died after fleeing from a brown bear and falling from a slope while walking with her husband.

Slovakia is home to about 1,100 to 1,200 wild bears, which typically avoid humans when encountered. However, attacks can occur during unexpected encounters or when female bears perceive a threat to their cubs. Updates on the situation in Liptovsky Mikulas and safety precautions are being closely monitored to prevent further incidents.

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