According to authorities, one particular brown bear should be considered armed and dangerous, and not in the usual fashion. After breaking into a hunting cabin located deep in the wilderness, the animal allegedly took off with a bag that held both a shotgun and an automatic rifle when the unlucky hunter headed to a nearby river for water.
The incident took place in the Irkutsk region of Siberia on November 16 when a local 57-year-old hunter left the cabin, with his belongings inside, to get water from a river nearby.
When he returned, the hunter discovered a brown bear ransacking the cabin, leading him to hide in the woods until the beast decided to head back into the wilderness. As reported by the Daily Mail, the bear didn’t leave empty-handed, as the animal managed to take off with a bag that was holding a IZH shotgun and Vepr carbine rifle.
“[The man] was hunting miles away from the nearest village and decided to stay at a forest cabin,” said local authorities in a statement.
“He left his belongings in the cabin and went to get some water,” the statement continued. “Upon his return, he heard some suspicious sounds and spotted a bear.”
“To avoid an encounter with the animal, the hunter scurried off into the woods where he hid for several hours,” police stated. After returning to the cabin, the hunter discovered a bag and two firearms were missing.
The man claimed he searched the area for several days but was unable to locate the weapons leading local authorities to assert that the bear was in possession of the guns.
At the scene, tooth marks left by the bear were found on a bucket and scratches were discovered on some logs.
While many bears in the region are beginning to hibernate, bear hunting season remains open until November 30 as some of the animals are still active at this time of year. However, it is not known if the man involved was hunting bears at the time of in the incident, as other animals, such as deer and moose, can also be hunted in Siberia.