Panicked Bear Mauls Nine in Japanese Bus Terminal

GIFU, Japan, Sept. 20 (UPI) — A bear in the mountains of Takayama, Japan, mauled nine people in a bus terminal, four of them seriously, before it was killed by hunters, officials said.

The bear may have panicked after finding its way into the terminal, located at the end of the Norikura Skyline, a tourist destination in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture, Kyodo News reported Sunday.

Most of those injured Saturday were tourists, said local officials, adding the bear had threatened other tourists outside the terminal. A 66-year-old Yokohama man was among four men seriously injured, while a 51-year-old woman from Nagano Prefecture sustained minor injuries along with several workers from a local lodging facility, police said.

The bear eventually was trapped inside a gift shop, where hunters killed it, Kyodo reported.

Kazuhiko Maita, a bear expert at the Institute for Asian Black Bear Research and Preservation in Hiroshima Prefecture, said was unusual for a bear to attack so many people.

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