Soon after, Hokkaido police tweeted that they were looking for the bear, writing that since the sighting, several others had reported seeing the bear and that people were injured.
Hokkaido Police tweeted, “If you see a bear please be careful, run away immediately and call 110.”
News footage from local station HTB Hokkaido News showed the bear running along a residential road, crossing a busy street, and running into the gates of a Japan Self Defense Force military barracks.
Local police said the bear attacked three men, one of whom was seriously injured, and a woman aged 80, according to NHK.
NHK reported that at around 11 a.m., two men from a local hunting association shot the bear near Sapporo Okadama Airport.