Three Bears Captured At Medical Clinic

Three bears captured at medical clinic

Three bears were found apparently hibernating in the storehouse of a medical clinic in central Japan.

Police in the city of Minamiuonuma, Niigata Prefecture, on Sunday found the bears sleeping on the ground floor of the storehouse. One of the bears is about one meter tall, and the other two are around 50 centimeters.

On Monday morning, the bears woke up and attempted to leave the building, but a member of a local hunting club fired a warning shot and they returned to the building.

About four hours later, the adult bear was captured after being shot with a tranquilizer gun and the two cubs were caught with a net.

The bears will be released in a mountainous area by a bear preservation group.

A resident in his 70s said he's relieved that the bears were captured, as he has a young grandchild.