[Ed. – All well and good to berate the local leaders, but it would not actually have been better to leave the bears as a menace to either a navy installation or the nearby townspeople. Those who would like to revamp how Russians of the Far East live cheek-by-jowl with nature are welcome to go take up residence there and start the trend.]
The Russian Navy has defended the shooting of a mother bear and its cub on a nuclear submarine following outrage among many social media users.
The navy says there was no other option after the animals climbed onto the vessel moored off the Vilyuchinsk base in the far-eastern Kamchatka region.
It says a hunting instructor was called in to “neutralise the wild animals”.
Hundreds of social media users accused the navy of unnecessary cruelty after seeing a video of the shooting online. …
The footage was published on 8 November, although it is unclear when the shooting happened.