Early Sunday morning a young bear was seen wandering around a highly-populated area of the town of Lucenec, but by the time a police patrol car arrived at the scene with a sniffer dog, the bear had scampered back into a nearby forest.
According to a report by TASR newswire, the bear had been prowling around a children’s playground, and so the local radio alerted residents about the unusual threat.
Veterinarian Jaroslav Cermak said another visit could be expected soon, as the young bear had probably been chased away from its territory by a rival bear.
Mr. Cermak was not wrong, as the bear showed up again yesterday in the nearby village of Velka nad Iplom, where it entered an elderly woman’s garden and then proceeded to maul and eat her dog.
The bear is still on the loose, but local authorities have stepped up efforts to catch it, preferably by tranquilising it and then relocating it somewhere deep in the forest. As is often the case with bears that wander into residential areas, though, force will be used if necessary.
Local residents have been warned to keep their pets inside and not to venture out after dark.