A farmer was killed and another severely injured by a bear at Madhugiri taluk on Monday.
The animal was eventually shot dead by the police. While Somanna (45) died on the spot, Thimmanna (56) is battling for life at Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru.
Somanna had been to the forest to fetch a wild jute plant, when the male bear attacked him around 11 am. Police, quoting eyewitnesses, said the animal was found gnawing the face of the deceased. Soon, a crowd of over a 1,000 people gathered at the spot following which the animal hid in a bush. However, it came out around 2 pm and started attacking people, who ran helter skelter. In the melee, Thimmanna fell down and was attacked by the animal. Midigeshi police fired in the air six times. When the animal continued to attack, they shot it dead, said a source.