Romania: bear shot dead in Transylvanian city

Romanian police have killed a brown bear that wandered into a Transylvanian city, apparently from a nearby forest.

Residents spotted the animal early Wednesday in downtown Sibiu, a picturesque Romanian city which is popular with tourists. It then climbed on to a roof as authorities and residents gathered below.

Police spokeswoman Luciana Baltes told Agerpres national news agency the bear was trapped in the courtyard of a factory, and a tranquilizer shot was unsuccessful. Police then shot and killed the animal.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 brown bears are estimated to live in Romania.