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Bear shot and killed after 13-hour standoff at central Japan mall

The Abio City Kaga shopping mall in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, is seen on Oct. 19, 2020. Police were called after a bear was spotted entering the building that morning. (Mainichi/Akihiro Fukao)

KANAZAWA -- A bear that wandered into a shopping mall in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture on the morning of Oct. 19 was shot and killed by a local hunting team after hiding inside for some 13 hours.

    Ishikawa Prefectural Police received an emergency call at about 7:50 a.m. reporting that a bear had strolled into the Abio City Kaga shopping mall through a delivery entrance. The mall had not yet opened at the time, and remained closed throughout the day while police and local hunters searched for the bear after workers were evacuated. Police said no people were injured in the incident.

    Authorities searched inside the mall using security cameras and drones. The Kaga Municipal Government announced that a local hunting club member shot and killed the bear at around 9 p.m., after it was discovered in a storage unit.

    The mall is located in an area with other stores, a hospital and other buildings in front of JR Kagaonsen Station. According to the municipal education board, Sakumi Elementary School near the mall finished classes early that day and the students went home with their parents or in groups as a safety precaution.

    (Japanese original by Akihiro Fukao and Chinatsu Ide, Hokuriku General Bureau)

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