Spanish royal KING JUAN CARLOS I shot dead a tame bear during an earlier visit to Russia this year (AUG06), according to a newspaper report published today (19OCT06). The Kommersant has published extracts of a letter written by a local official to the governor of the Vologda region, which claims the bear was sedated with vodka to make it an easy target for the royal hunting party. SERGEI STAROSTIN, deputy head of the Vologda regional department for defence and development of hunting resources, claims the "kind-hearted and fun bear named Mitrofan" was moved from his home at the Novlensky holiday camp in north west Russia and taken to hunting grounds. Mitrofan was then allegedly fed honey mixed with vodka and then released into an open area, where he was later slain. Starostin writes, "Obviously, the sadly drunken animal was an easy target. His Highness Juan Carlos brought Mitrofan down with one shot."