An Asian Black Bear was spotted a the Azuma Sports Park by officials and now they can’t find it. This is the park where the Olympic softball games will be held in Japan and losing the bear might affect the games, especially if it decides to show itself again.
From The Daily Wire:
“A guard found a bear inside Azuma Sports Park early in the morning yesterday. We also received similar information this morning,” a Fukushima police spokesman told The Japan Times. “We couldn’t find or capture the bear, and while there won’t be any spectators at the stadium, we are on alert and searching for the bear around the site.”
The Sports Hochi daily reported that all the Olympic guards assigned to the Azuma Sports Park searched for the bear through the night, blasting music and let off firecrackers in an attempt to trigger the bear to appear, but to no avail.
“In 2020, bear sightings reached their highest point in five years, with more than 13,600 reported sightings across the country from April to September. At the time, experts said the increase could be linked to the coronavirus pandemic, which saw residents confined to their homes in an effort to beat back the illness — leading to the animals venturing out into spaces to search for food that would usually be populated with humans,” The Washington Post reported.