Although spectators are prohibited from attending events of the next Olympics, a local black bear apparently did not receive the memo.
The animal, which eyewitnesses were around three feet tall, was seen twice near Azuma Sports Park in Fukushima just hours before a match between the host country Japan and Australia.
“A guard found a bear inside Azuma Sports Park early in the morning yesterday. We also received similar information this morning, “a spokesman for the Fukushima police told AFP.
Local media said the animal was an Asian black bear, AFP noted.
Officers attempted to get the bear out of hiding by playing music and setting off firecrackers, according to CBS News. However, nothing worked.
“We were unable to find or capture the bear, and although there are no spectators in the stadium, we are on alert and looking for the bear around the site,” the spokesperson said. .
As for the softball game, Japan beat Australia 8-1.
It wasn’t even the first bear to be a factor in a pre-Olympic event this summer.
Last month, in Sapporo, where the marathon will take place, a wild brown bear injured four people, entered a military camp and halted flights at the local airport before being killed by authorities, CBS reported. News.
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