The terrifying moment that a huge bear suddenly appears in woodland and RUNS towards hunters who shoot it dead just before it reaches them
- Gunman fires at the bear as it sprints and leaps towards him in woods in Russia
- Bear continues to charge at man until he fells it with a number of shots in torso
- Brown bears are common in Russia and are known for reaching speed of 30mph
A hunter stops a rampaging bear dead in its tracks as it storms towards him during a terrifying video.
The brown bear tears across woodland in the Russian wilderness, leaping over logs and undergrowth as it charges at a group of hunters.
The predator is only stopped when the hunter fires off a number of shots from his rifle, hitting the bear in the torso and causing it to roll across the forest floor.
A hunter stopped a bear dead in its tracks as it stormed towards him during a terrifying video
Even after the first two or three shots are fired, the panicked hunters continue to shoot their attacker as it lays motionless on the ground.
A video of the brutal incident has been watched more than a million times since it was shared on YouTube, with viewers arguing other whether the hunters could have found a more humane way to deter the bear.
Max Ravens posted: 'Oh, come on. The bear was going to tear them to shreds if they didn't shoot it. They were protecting themselves and I don't see anything wrong with that.'
While Christine Bernhard1said: 'I know it was a scary thing to go through and I know you had to do to protect yourself, but it's sad because we're so eliminating our bears pretty soon there won't be any and then I'll just be pictures and videos of them.'
Brown bears are common in Russia, as well as across North America, and are known to be quick on their feet - reaching speeds of up to 30mph.
The brown bear teared across woodland in the Russian wilderness, leaping over logs and undergrowth as it charged at a group of hunters
After the first two or three shots are fired, the panicked hunters continue to shoot their attacker as it lays motionless on the ground
While they are powerful predators, their diets are made up mostly of items such as fruit, berries, nuts and roots.
However, when these are in short supply they have also been known to attack elk and moose.
The only time they are likely to attack humans are if they are with their young and feel threatened.
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