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Tragic turn: Russian man adopted bear cub, later eaten by the same bear



Hunter’s shocking fate raises questions about wildlife interaction

In a shocking and tragic incident, a 41-year-old Russian hunter, Sergey Grigoriyev, who had adopted a brown bear cub in 2014, met a gruesome end when he was reportedly eaten by the very bear he had raised. The disturbing discovery was made four years later when police found Grigoriyev’s skeletal remains on his property in Ozersk, Chelyabinsk region, Russia.

The hunter’s family had raised concerns and reported him missing after unsuccessful attempts to reach him. When relatives arrived at his property, they encountered a bear wandering around, prompting them to flee in their car with the aid of a dog distracting the bear.

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Police responded to reports of the bear on the loose, discovering the animal had escaped from its cage. To prevent further danger to the community, authorities made the difficult decision to shoot the brown bear, named Vorchun or Grumble, confirming it had also killed one of the dogs on the property.

“The cage was open. The animal was walking around behaving aggressively. On the plot, we found the skeletal remains of a man,” stated senior detective Alexey Petrov.

Grigoriyev’s decision to adopt the bear, despite its aggressive behavior, had sparked concerns among friends who suggested he part ways with the wild animal. However, the hunter insisted on keeping it. Grigoriyev had previously adopted another cub, which he eventually gave to a ‘baiting station,’ raising questions about the conditions in which the bear was kept.

Social media users expressed their concerns and emphasized the need for education on wildlife interaction. Some users highlighted the inherent wild nature of animals and the potential dangers associated with humanizing or domesticating them.

This tragic incident serves as a somber reminder of the complexities involved in adopting and raising wild animals, emphasizing the importance of respecting their nature and creating boundaries in human-animal interactions.


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