A woman who went missing during a wedding celebration is feared to have been killed and eaten by wild bears, they were unable to track her and even used sniffer dogs, but the animals became agitated when their path crossed the scent of several bears.
A woman who went missing during a wedding celebration was killed and eaten by wild bears
Yana Balobanova, 24, made desperate emergency calls from her cell phone to tell loved ones that she was lost in a remote forest in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region during a forest wedding.
Rescuers were unable to track her and even used sniffer dogs to try to find her trail, but the animals became agitated when their path crossed the scent of several bears, according to reports.
Grizzly bear tracks were also seen, leading to the theory that she was attacked. Yana had left a friend’s small wedding party that was held in the forest near the town of Severouralsk.
One report said she had a fight with another guest and went alone to find her way out of the lush trees. Searches have continued for more than a month, but with no trace of her remains.
Wildlife inspector Andrei Sakulin said, “It is no longer possible to hope that the woman will be found alive.” There were tracks of a mother bear and cubs, which meant the site was “very dangerous for humans,” he said.
“If a person accidentally comes between a bear and her cubs, the predator can attack immediately and harshly, without growls or warnings.
Bears attack at lightning speed, up to 60 km / h (37 mph), making it impossible to flee.
Their distraught father Yakov Balobanov told E1: “The dogs came to a certain place in the forest and got very close to the guide’s feet. They were afraid of bears nearby”.