A bear spotted at the Tokyo Olympic softball field is on the loose

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A bear spotted at the Tokyo Olympic softball field is on the loose
A Japanese black bear lays in the shade at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo.
A Japanese black bear at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo in 2018. Koji Sasahara/AP Images
  • A bear was spotted at the Tokyo Olympic softball field on Wednesday.

  • Local police have not been able to find the bear since.

  • Bear sightings are reportedly on the rise in Japan, with one injuring four people in Sapporo in June.

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The Tokyo Olympics have bearly gotten started, and things are already getting hairy.

That's right: the latest issue facing the "surreal games" in Tokyo is a bear on the loose.

According to a report from Agence France-Presse, a local police spokesperson confirmed that a bear was seen on the softball field Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning, hours before a game between Japan and Australia. The game went off without any bear-related interruptions.

"We couldn't find or capture the bear, and while there won't be any spectators at the stadium, we are on alert and searching for the bear around the site," a spokesperson told AFP.

According to AFP, local authorities identified it as an Asian black bear.

According to figures published by Japan's Environment Ministry, bear sightings have been on the rise in Japan.

In June, a bear ran through the city of Sapporo, attacking a military base and injuring four people, according to The Washington Post.

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