I see a bunch of petrified tourists staring at me! Encounters with wild bears are not uncommon in rural Japan, but this case (video, 90 seconds, sorry Japanese only) is unusual because the bear invaded a rest stop area and attacked nine tourists, injuring a few of them quite seriously. Recently these kinds of incidents, involving bears, wild boars, and monkeys, are increasing and are usually blamed on human encroachment on animal territory.
I would like to add another reason: Disney (and all cartoons that “humanise” wild animals and imbue them with human characteristics that they do not have). Many urban dwellers simply do not understand that wild animals can be dangerous when provoked! What is your opinion about this?