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88-year-old man apparently mauled to death by bear in Miyagi Pref.

KESENNUMA, Miyagi -- A local farmer was found dead in the mountains here, apparently after being mauled by a bear, police said.

Takuma Sugawara, 88, was found collapsed in the mountains in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, at around 12:50 p.m. on July 19. He was confirmed dead by officers from Kesennuma Police Station and other first responders who rushed to the scene after the passerby who found him alerted emergency services.

On the man's face were scratch wounds apparently made by a bear's claws.

A member of a local hunters' association found a bear and shot it to death at around 2:50 p.m. the same day, the police station reported.

(Japanese original by Atsushi Arai, Kesennuma Local Bureau)

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