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U.S. tourist killed, two injured in bear attack on mountain trail in Romania

6/25/2007

BUCHAREST, Romania — A bear attacked a group of U.S.
tourists on a remote trail in the Carpathian Mountains, killing a
woman and injuring two other people, authorities said Sunday.

The group of six tourists chased off the bear when it tried to
approach them near a cabin about 75 miles north of Bucharest, but
the bear reappeared on a trail and attacked the group around 10
p.m. Saturday.

The bear attacked a 26-year-old woman. After she fell down and
tourists threw stones at the bear, it turned its attention to a
man, biting him on the leg. The bear then mauled to death the
31-year-old woman, despite more attempts to distract it by throwing
stones.

Officials did not immediately disclose the victims' identities
or hometowns.

The 31-year-old died from her injuries shortly after the arrival
of rescuers, state news agency Rompres reported, citing local
police officials.

The bear had earlier bitten a Romanian tourist on the shoulder
and attacked sheep, Andi Mihai, one of the members of the rescue
team, told Realitatea TV news.

Authorities are searching for the bear to euthanize it.

Romania is home to about half of Europe's brown bear population,
but attacks on humans are rare. Three years ago, two men died after
they were attacked by a rabid bear.