Schoolgirl is almost beheaded in deadly wild bear attack in Russia
A schoolgirl was beaten to death by a brown bear who invaded her village and attacked the 14-year-old when she went to her local store to buy juice and chocolate.
Sonya Chernigova died of terrible neck, face and head wounds that the local population initially thought was caused by a wolf.
But footprints of bears were found in the center of the village of Yodva in the Komi republic in Russia.
Sonya Chernigova, 14, died of terrible neck, face and head wounds that the locals initially thought were caused by a wolf
Initially a wolf was suspected of having carried out the attack, but there were footprints on the scene and the severity of the bites and the & # 39; scalping & # 39; of the young girl led the locals to believe that it was a bear attack
Her face was & # 39; deformed & # 39; and her neck was almost cut by deep bites of the wild animal that also tore her hair off in the violent attack that was so bad that her father Sergey Chernigov initially did not recognize her.
He had started looking for her after she had not returned from the local shop around 10 p.m.
The mutilated corpse of Sonya was found by local teenage boys who did not recognize her because of the terrible wounds.
Wild bears (photo) have been seen before in the Russian village of Yodva. There are also reports about wolves terrorizing the villagers
Sonia (photo on the far left) is photographed alongside her sister Ksenia and her father Sergey (on the far right). Her father told reporters that the seriousness of his daughter's wounds led him to not recognize her initially
They had called the police.
& # 39; I didn't want to believe it was my daughter before my eyes & # 39 ;, the crying father said.
& # 39; Her face was completely deformed, it was impossible to recognize her.
& # 39; She was dressed like all other girls, only her coat was recognizable.
& # 39; It was all clear when I dialed her cell number and the phone rang in the pocket of her jacket … & # 39;
In recent weeks, the village has been besieged by both a bear and wolves.
The locals are very scared & # 39 ;, the local newspaper reported.
The schoolgirl was attacked by the bear on the street in the village of Yodva in northern Russia, 145 miles north of the regional capital Syktyvkar
A video shows a snooping village in Yodva at the end of May. It is not known if this was the same beast that attacked Sonya.
The bear was probably looking for fresh food from waste containers when he attacked the girl around 9.45 pm – when it was still light.
Nikolay Gorbunov, the president of the Udorsky District Society of Hunters and Fishermen, told the Argumenti I Fakty newspaper: & # 39; most likely the bear ate something at the dump.
& # 39; The girl happened to be close by and disturbed the predator.
& # 39; Experienced hunters have studied the site of the accident and confirmed that there were bear footprints. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; A wolf cannot deform a person in such a way.
& # 39; Such wounds can only be inflicted by a predator with large claws. & # 39;
The girl's injuries were also consistent with a bear attack.
Predators often scal their victims, he said.
A criminal investigation has been launched that will investigate whether local officials have taken sufficient action to deter wild animals from the village, located 145 miles north of the regional capital Syktyvkar.
Sonya was described as a & # 39; good student & # 39; who loved local drama and performed music. She was out on the street buying chocolate and juice when the local bear attacked her
Fees may be charged for official negligence.
Aside from the recent sightings of a bear, wolves have kept the village & # 39; for years & # 39; terrorized, killing and eating local dogs in the winter, residents say.
Hunters are expected to receive permits to kill local bears after the attack on the schoolgirl.
Onischik said she had never had a bear attack in the village since he arrived 35 years ago.
He said the dead girl was a & # 39; good student & # 39; was an active participant in local theater and music performances.
The girl's father said that Sonia would be 15 in two weeks.
& # 39; We were planning to meet with the whole family that day, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I had not decided which gift I would receive,
& # 39; And now we have to bury her. & # 39;
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