A trainee ranger was ripped to pieces and eaten by two angry ‘cannibal bears’ in a Russian nature reserve.
Vadim Klabukov, 23, wandered away from the safety of the rangers base in search of his lost backpack when he was savaged by the brown bears.
Klabukov was armed with a gun, knife and walkie-talkie but had no time to use them when the angry predators suddenly pounced, said reserve officials.
A search party later found the bears circling the ravaged bones of the man and shot them dead claiming they posed a threat to other people having acquired a taste for human blood, reports The Siberian Times.
South Kamchatka nature reserve has offered its condolences to his family and friends, but stressed that he died because he did not comply with safety regulations.
The bears had earlier killed another bear and buried their prey in the ground along with their catch of salmon.
There were signs of a fight but the university graduate was overcome by the large male brown bears.
Other rangers were unaware that Klabulov had left the area on August 18 because he did not mention where he was going.
Local wildlife chief Vladimir Gordienko said: "The situation was aggravated by the fact that the animals were near their prey which included another dead bear, and, apparently, protected their food.
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“This is a rare case when, with an abundance of food, in this case fish and a bear carcass, the bears treated people as prey.”
Earlier the park had withheld details that he had been killed and eaten by two ‘cannibal bears’.
He had left the rangers’ base in search of his lost backpack "without saying a word to his colleagues and bosses”, said an official in the reserve.
Klabukov and other armed rangers had earlier escorted a tourist group in the area.
The Investigative Committee has launched a preliminary check into his death.
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