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Slovakia, Liptovský Mikułaš. Two people injured after a bear attack

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The bear appeared on the streets of the town of Liptovský Mikulas in northern Slovakia shortly after noon on Sunday. Two people injured by the animal were transported to hospital. A specialist intervention team and hunters were called to the site.

The information about the appearance of a bear in Liptovský Mikułaš was confirmed to the media by police spokeswoman Zuzana Shefczikova. Firefighters, police officers and members of a specialist intervention team arrived at the scene. According to the regulations, they can initiate the procedure and make a possible decision to shoot the animal.

Two people injured. A bear on the city streets

Two injured people are conscious. A 49-year-old woman with an arm injury and a 72-year-old man with an open wound on the head were transported to the hospital in Liptovský Mikułaš, medical services reported.

According to the latest reports, the animal has already left the city. Viktoria Czapcikova, spokeswoman for the authorities of Liptovský Mikułaš, said that the bear swam across the Váh River and moved away from the buildings.

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As Czapcikova recalled, the mayor of Liptovský Mikułasz, Jan Blachacz, has long been drawing attention to the problem of wild animals appearing near settlements. The local government official announced that he would take decisive action against the Ministry of the Environment.

On Friday in the mountains, in an area about 20 kilometers away from the city, in Niżne Tatra Mountains a bear chased a couple of Belarusian tourists. While escaping, the woman fell into the abyss and died, the man managed to hide.

Bears in Slovakia are protected

Some experts estimate that there are as many as 1,300 bears living in the mountains and forests of Slovakia, others write about 600 individuals. Bears are legally protected in the country, so their possible shooting requires a complicated procedure. Witness testimony and consent from nature conservation offices are needed. It is preferable to relocate dangerous individuals to another area.

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