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Bear shot in Russian school

Jan. 9, 2011 at 5:22 PM

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- An injured bear that broke into a school in the Russian Far East was shot by a police officer after it attacked him, officials say.

The bear is believed to have been wounded by a hunter, RIA Novosti reported. The police officer said he had to open fire when the bear threatened to maul him and tore his clothes.

The ursine break-in occurred Friday in Primorye Territory.

"The animal became aggressive, and we had no other way out than to shoot," a police spokesman said. "It's good no one in the village was injured."

A local agricultural school took custody of the carcass for study.

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