A brown bear attacked a group of campers, eating one and forcing the others to flee barefoot into the mountains
A brown bear (Ursus arctos) walks and searches for salmon on a beach on the shores of Lake Crescent in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska, USA.
The group was wandering through Russia's Ergaki National Park when the attack took place.
Three of the deceased's companions fled barefoot - and it took them seven hours to find safety.
The park is closed until November for safety reasons.
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When a group of hikers were unpacking their belongings on a camping trip, one in Russia was attacked and killed by a brown bear.
The group was hiking in popular Ergaki National Park in south-central Russia when the tragedy struck on July 27.
Krasnoyarsk Regional Intelligence Service reports that the men scaled a rock face when they saw the "drooling" bear - but one man, Yevenggny Starkov, 42, stayed behind.
One of the survivors told the local news that they watched their friend being devoured before continuing to flee into the forest after the bear saw them.
The group walked through the wilderness for seven hours - barefoot without equipment - before they got to safety and informed the authorities about the incident.
Ergaki National Park has made a number of statements on its VK page - a Russian social media platform.
The administration confirmed the incident and announced that the park - apart from a few special paths - will be closed to visitors until November 1, 2021.
The Ministry of the Environment and the park administration arrested the animal and killed it. The investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing.
This marks the second fatal bear incident in the national park this summer. In June, a brown bear was shot dead after killing a 16-year-old boy who worked as a sherpa.
There are a number of theories as to why bear attacks have increased - one of which is that the bears are hungrier due to a longer, snowier, colder winter that limits their access to food.
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