Rampaging wild bears have been scavenging corpses in a cemetery in Russia.
Mourners have now been warned they need armed guards when vising the graves because of the predators.
Dozens of burial plots have been ransacked by the predators since July at Elizovo in remote Kamchatka region.
Graves have been dug up in a graveyard in Russia (Picture: The Siberian Times)Footage from the scene shows large paw prints as well as desecrated graves with the wooden markers knocked over.
A total of four brown bears have been shot by guards patrolling the cemetery but still more beasts are arriving and seeking to dig out the dead, admit local officials.
Hunters have been deployed to ‘locate and liquidate the predators’ at the burial ground, said one.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon fails in bid to become New York GovernorMourners ‘must be extremely cautious’ and should abort visits at times when the cemetery is not guarded by armed hunters.
Earlier in the summer some 30 graves were disturbed.
Now at least nine more have been ‘damaged by bears’ seeking to open the graves and drag away corpses – despite armed guards posted at the necropolis.
In the new attacks, plots were dug open and Orthodox crosses toppled by the rampaging beasts.
Blame is being laid at ‘lazy’ burial agencies which sought to cut costs by lowering coffins into shallow graves.
They should be at least 5ft deep according to Russian regulations.
Snakes drop through ceiling of family home while fighting over femaleLocal official Dmitry Shipitsyn said: ‘We have pointed out to all our burial agencies the fact that graves should be dug according to sanitary standards.
‘Each grave that was damaged this week has been inspected and the depth registered.’
A probe into graves not being dug properly has been launched.
In future an electric fence will be erected around the graveyard, he said.
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