A man and a woman were injured by a bear in two separate incidents on the outskirts of Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, on Saturday.
According to police, the first incident happened at around 6:40 a.m. when an 81-year-old woman was attacked by a bear outside the entrance to her home, TBS reported. She suffered injuries to her head and face, but is in a stable condition, police said.
In the second incident, a 55-year-old man, who lives nearby, was attacked by a bear in the backyard of his home. He was bitten on the right arm and suffered facial injuries, police said.
Police and local wildlife officals said it was the first time that a bear had been seen in the area.