A PICNIC stealing bear has been snared by hunters and sent into “exile” after he snaffled their lunch.
The brazen brown bear was caught on video making off with their lunch box from the back of their pickup track.
Running away with their lunch, the hunters had fired a shot in the air as they hoped he would drop their snacks.
Fuming about the loss of their tuck, the hunters have now got their own back on the bear.
The real-life Yogi was known for patrolling a stretch of road and begging for food from passing motorists in Kamchatka, Russia.
And the hunters returned and bear-napped him, sending him into “exile”.
“We put fish inside to attract him with the smell. And a pie – so he got interested”
Wildlife chiefs decided the seemingly tame predator was a threat to humans as he lurked around the motorway.
Using fish and a cabbage pie as bait, the hunters managed to catch the “beggar bear” in a new kind of trap.
His cunning picnic stealing skills were no use as he was snared in the large cage which is attached to a truck trailer.
They drove him away from the road and the bear will now have to fend for himself – rather than stealing picnic baskets.
Viktor Furyaev, director of the State Wildlife Service in Kamchatka, said: “The trap worked, because the bear is young, not more than three years old, (and) he is curious and arrogant.
“More experienced and older animals are usually much more careful.
“And in this bear, the feeling of hunger ultimately defeated the feeling of fear, so it climbed in.
“We put fish inside to attract him with the smell. And a pie – so he got interested.”
Experts say the animal may try again to reach the road and his human feeders, or may become satisfied with life in the wild fending for himself, reported The Siberian Times
In 2018 some 70 bears were shot in Kamchatka region – a peninsula jutting into the Pacific – because they posed a threat to people.
Wildlife chiefs say many of these beasts were encouraged to come close to humans because they were being fed by people.
Two people were killed by bears last year in Kamchatka, and one so far in 2019.