A brown bear is on the loose in Siberia armed with two guns, say Russian police.
The beast broke into a remote cabin deep in Irkutsk region and stole the weapons from a hapless hunter.
The 57-year-old man had gone to a local river for water when the animal broke in.
When he spotted the bear on his return rampaging inside the cabin, he hid in the forest until the predator left, carrying his bag along with a Vepr carbine and IZH shotgun, pictured.
'He was hunting miles away from the nearest village and decided to stay at a forest cabin,' said a statement from police in Irkutsk region.
'He left his belongings in the cabin and went to get some water.
'On his return, he heard some suspicious sounds and spotted a bear.
'To avoid an encounter with the animal, the hunter scurried off into the woods where he hid for several hours.'
When he returned to the remote cabin, his bag and two guns were missing.
The man hunted in the vicinity for several days seeking to find the guns, but the bear had made away with them.
Crime scene pictures show the bear left its tooth marks on a bucket and scratched some logs, reported The Siberian Times.
The bear hunting season is open in this region until 30 November, even though many animals by now are starting to hibernate for the winter.