Rampaging bear shot in Japan after entering airport, injuring four people

The bear was eventually shot by local hunters.
The bear was eventually shot by local hunters. Photo credit: Reuters

Local hunters were called in to stop a rampaging bear in Japan on Friday, after the animal entered a military base, disrupted flights at an airport and injured four people. 

The wild brown bear was first seen wandering around the streets of Sapporo, in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, early on Friday, with more sightings throughout the day triggering multiple calls to police.

According to Hokkaido police, the bear injured a woman in her 80s, a man in his 70s, a man in his 40s and a soldier.

Local media reported the man in his 40s suffered serious injuries to his chest, back and limbs after being mauled by the animal while walking in a street, according to Associated Press.

Video captured by Japan's public broadcaster NHK shows the bear scaling a fence at Sapporo Okadama Airport, with eight flights having to be cancelled.

The animal was also seen crossing a busy road after being chased by a car and forcing its way into a military camp, where it knocked down a soldier on duty at the gate, Associated Press reported.

Two helicopters were eventually brought in to help track the bear, before it was fatally shot by local hunters after running into a forest.