Starving Russian Bears Menace Miners

Pack of 30 bears surround platinum mine, eat guards
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2008 11:32 AM CDT
A pack of around 30 starving brown bears has been prowling around a platinum mine in a remote area of Russia. Two guards have been eaten.   ((c) Patrick Denker)
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(Newser) – A pack of starving bears has surrounded a platinum mine in Russia's remote Kamchatka peninsula, the Los Angeles Times reports. Two guards have been eaten, and terrified miners are refusing to work. The government has sent a team of snipers to kill the ravenous bears, thought to be starving because of widespread salmon poaching.

"These predators have to be destroyed," a village leader told reporters. "Once they kill a human, they will do it again and again."