DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) _ Hundreds of villagers used arrows and bamboo sticks Sunday to kill a wild bear after the animal rampaged through four villages in northern Bangladesh, wounding at least 50 people, a news report said.

Forty people have been hospitalized, three of them in critical condition, after the attack in Sherpur district, 90 miles north of capital Dhaka, United News of Bangladesh reported.

The animal mauled and bit whoever came across its path as it rampaged through the villages of Bharura, Gazarikura, Haldibata and Dharapani, the report said, quoting Lutfar Rahman, a local government official.

A mob of nearly 1,000 armed villagers ran after the bear, caught and killed it, the report said.