HIROSHIMA -- A man in his 50s was taken to the hospital after being attacked by a bear in Hiroshima Prefecture on the evening of June 3, local officials said.
Officials in the prefectural city of Shobara said the man was bitten and clawed on the right shoulder and both arms by the Asian black bear in a mountainous area of the city at around 6 p.m. on June 3. His injuries were not life-threatening.
The man was attacked while looking around a pond near his home, and made an emergency call for an ambulance afterward, city officials said. It is believed that the bear that attacked him was a cub less than one meter in length.
Other bear attacks occurred in the same rural area in August and November last year. The city is calling for residents to be on their guard.
(Japanese original by Kazuki Ikeda, Hiroshima Bureau)