Raipur: A hundred bullets were shot at a female bear in Chhattisgarh, with the violence filmed by the police.
10 jawans with rifles shot the bear on Saturday in the Mahasamund district in the eastern part of the state after she killed two villagers and a forest official who was reportedly trying to tranquilize it. The police was called after forest officials failed to trap the bear. 16 of the 100 bullets fired at her pierced the bear, police officials said.
The sloth bear mauled the villagers late on Saturday, sparking a police hunt after worried villagers demanded its capture. “The bear was very aggressive and killed the officer at the spot. We had no option but to shoot it,” said Rajesh Kukareja, deputy police chief of Mahasamund district. “It was on a rampage, attacking everyone,” he said.
Tribal villagers found the bodies of the two men after they failed to return from a trip to the forest to pick edible flowers, triggering a search for them. Sloth bears can grow up to six feet in length and weigh up to 140 kgs.