The hunters finally slaughtered the bear that was wreaking havoc in northern Japan.
The city of Sapporo tweeted that the animal had been "exterminated".
Earlier today, local media had shown the bear leaping down a residential street, crossing a busy road and clawing at the doors of an army barracks, scaring away panicked servicemen.
A soldier was injured during the animal's trek through the city, which is due to host the Olympic marathon and athletic walking events in August.
This morning a bear was seen in downtown Sapporo and injured 4 people.
The bear is about 1.5m tall and the city of Sapporo has asked residents not to leave their homes.
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Another victim was mutilated by the bear when he attacked her from behind, according to television footage.
The person was evacuated on a stretcher.
The incident resulted in the closure of local schools and the cancellation of several flights at a small regional airport, according to NHK state television.
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“A total of four people, including a member of the Self-Defense Force (the Japanese Army), were attacked and injured by the brown bear.
We express our sincere compassion to them, ”said government spokesman Katsunobu Kato.
"Sapporo city officials, the police of (the island of) Hokkaido (where Sapporo is located), a local hunting association and other concerned organizations" coordinated "their efforts to capture the brown bear. , or exterminate it if necessary ”.
Asian black bears are widely distributed in Japan, including on the country's main island, while brown bears occupy the island of Hokkaido in the north.
According to the Japanese Bears and Forests Society, bears living in forests are increasingly moving to areas inhabited by humans in search of food.