A Russian hunter was killed and eaten by a violent brown bear which he kept as a pet in a cage on his plot of land.
The man’s skeletal remains were found by police who went to his house after his relatives reported him missing and that the beast was on the loose.
Sergey Grigoriyev, 41, raised the bear after he found it as a cub. Unfortunately, the bear went on a rampage and killed him.
Police in Ozersk, in the Chelyabinsk region, tracked down the bear and shot it dead.
Eventually, blood splatter was found on the snow from the deadly attack on the hunter.
A police statement said: “Officers used their service weapons to kill the dangerous animal.
“As a result of the measures taken, the bear no longer poses a threat to citizens’ lives.”
Senior detective Alexey Petrov said: “The cage was open.
The animal was found to be walking around, behaving aggressively.
We found the skeletal remains of a man on the plot of land.”
Reports say Grigoriyev rescued the bear – named Vorchun or Grumbler – four years ago, along with another cub.
Following that, he raised the wild animal on his suburban plot.
Grigoriyev gave away one cub but kept the other after the only offer he received was from a “baiting station” – where hunting dogs are trained with live predators.
Such stations are notorious for their animal cruelty.
Detective Petrov added that a canine belonging to Grigoriyev and another that came with the relatives were killed and eaten to the bone.
The bear had previously attacked its owner but he had unheeded advice from friends and family to get rid of it.
The Russian Investigative Committee is currently scrutinising the case.