Small town on Russian Arctic island attracts over 50 polar bears

Small town on Russian Arctic island attracts over 50 polar bears

While polar bears are not uncommon in the region, climate change has been blamed for the unprecedented frequency and large number of the visitors, the BBC reports.

Officials in Belushya Guba, the main town in the archipelago, have reported 52 polar bears in town.

Russia's Novaya Zemlya archipelago, located in the Arctic Ocean in the northern Arkhangelsk region, has declared a state of emergency after dozens of polar bears "invaded" human settlements, the Archangelsk governor and regional government said in a press release. "Parents are afraid to let the children go to school or kindergarten", says the statement.

Because polar bears are protected in Russian Federation, residents are prohibited from killing the hungry intruders, The New York Times said. Polar bears are typically born on land but live mostly on sea ice, where they hunt and feed on seals. The sea ice that serves as a natural habitat for the bears must be melting at a faster rate than we think.

More than 50 polar bears have been spotted in the settlement, home to 3000 people, since December in what local authorities have described as a "massive invasion".

"There's never been such a mass invasion of polar bears". But these measures seemed to have only worked as a temporary solution because the polar bears keep returning.

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According to The Siberian Times, the town has been put in a state of emergency, but civilians have been told not to shoot the already endangered species.

Polar bears are moving into an Arctic town and terrorizing people into staying in their homes. It could be that there's an extraordinary amount of trash and food and other things attracting a big group of polar bears to its shore.

Something odd is happening in Novaya Zemlya, a remote, northern Russian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.

Russian Federation classes polar bears as an endangered species and shooting them is prohibited by law.

"More than five animals would not leave the garrison, literally chasing people and even entering the residential houses", said the head of the Novaya Zemlya administration Zhiganshi Musina.

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