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Bear kills American tourist in Romania

June 25, 2007|From the Associated Press

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA — A bear attacked a group of U.S. tourists on a remote trail in the Carpathian Mountains, killing a woman and injuring two other people, authorities said Sunday.

The group of six tourists chased off the bear when it tried to approach them near a cabin about 75 miles north of Bucharest, but the animal reappeared on a trail and attacked about 10 p.m. Saturday.

The bear first attacked a 26-year-old woman. After she fell down and tourists threw stones at the bear, it turned its attention to a man, biting him on the leg.

Even as the group continued to throw stones, the bear then mauled to death a 31-year-old woman.

The woman died of her injuries shortly after the arrival of rescuers, a state news agency reported.

Officials did not disclose the victims' identities or hometowns.

Romania is home to about half of Europe's brown bear population, excluding Russia. Three years ago, two men died after they were attacked by a rabid bear.

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