A vengeful bear has killed a 62-year-old hunter by crushing his skull after the man had shot and mortally wounded the beast.
Graphic pictures coming out of Russia show the man’s body lying nearby to the beast’s carcass.
According to Interfax news agency, the unnamed hunter is believed to have shot and wounded the predator from a platform in a tree in the Tulun district of Irkutsk region.
Perhaps believing the brown bear was dead, he descended from the tree only to be attacked and killed by the beast in its final act.
“When a 62-year-old man climbed down, the mortally wounded bear attacked and killed him,” reported Interfax.
“The carcass of the animal was found 50 metres from the place where the man died.”
The skull of the hunter was “crushed” and he suffered claw and fang wounds in the furious attack.
“The mortally wounded predator managed to inflict an injury from which the hunter died,” said the regional office of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The hunter had been reported missing, which is how officials managed to track him down.