Officials defend shooting of bear in southwest China after outcry on the internet
Forestry department said animal had attacked villagers, news website reports
A forestry department in southwest China has defended the shooting of a bear after pictures posted on the internet of people burning its corpse created an outcry, a news website reported.
The provincial forestry department in Sichuan said the animal had to be killed because it had entered a village and attacked people, Chinanews.com reported.
Officials said the body was burned to ensure that no animal parts could be sold illegally.
The department said the bear had attacked villagers in Leibo county.
Many internet users, however, questioned why the bear was shot and not sedated with an anaesthetic dart.
Bears are a protected species in China and people caught killing them illegally can face jail terms.