A mother-of-two has been killed after she was mauled by a wild brown bear as she walked near a picturesque lake in Siberia.
Businesswoman Anastasia Lukashova, 39, was ambushed and savaged by the predator during a holiday with her family.
The gravely wounded woman was found by her husband who drove towards her after becoming concerned about her absence.
He rushed her to hospital but the woman died on the way, according to Russian police.
“The attack happened ... in the taiga by Lake Lesnoye, next to the village of Baikal,” regional police told Podyem website.
“The woman was walking on a forest road when she was supposedly attacked by a brown bear.
“Her husband found the wounded woman and drove her to hospital, but sadly she died on the way.”
Hunting experts were called to the site, and are now searching for the bear.
Early reports say the woman – a successful retail entrepreneur – was attacked in front of her underage daughter but later this was denied.
The attack was in Severo-Yeniseysk district some 400 kilometres north of regional capital Krasnoyarsk.
Many regions in Russia have reported a higher-than-usual number of bear attacks on humans this year.
Hot, dry weather may have resulted in a shortage of forest food – for example berries – for the bears.
As a result the predators are venturing closer to settlements and holiday camps.
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