Romania: bear shot dead in Transylvanian city

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) " Romanian police have killed a brown bear that wandered into a Transylvanian city, apparently from a nearby forest.

Residents spotted the animal early Wednesday in downtown Sibiu, a picturesque Romanian city which is popular with tourists. It then climbed on to a roof as authorities and residents gathered below.

Police spokeswoman Luciana Baltes told Agerpres national news agency the bear was trapped in the courtyard of a factory, and a tranquilizer shot was unsuccessful. Police then shot and killed the animal.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 brown bears are estimated to live in Romania.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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