Early in the morning yesterday, a few bears were witnessed by a taxi driver, some residents around MY AREA, Maruyama district! There have been 13 observations so far. An expert, zoologist, says they could be young bears born this spring with full of curiosity and not afraid of humans. The size is one - two meters.
The expert says they are looking for acons and other nuts as in the mountain their food is scarce this fall and they are hunting before going into their winter sleep. If these kids bears are roaming, then their moms could be after them!
Today the school kids around these areas are going to and coming from schools in groups with teachers. City of Sapporo with population of 1.8 million, sometimes see bears in the mountain side, but has never been in this Maruyama residencial area since 1876.
Tonight, we have a baseball game in Sapporo Dome and some of our Fighters players(Americans) are living exactly on the spot where the bear cross the street. I do hope they won't come across with these bears after the game! I also live only 50m from the bear path last night.