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Endangered Polar Bears Come to Town

Posted 480 days ago | 09.02.19

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Endangered Polar Bears Come to Town

A state of emergency has been declared in a remote Russian region over the appearance of dozens of polar bears in its human settlements. Authorities in the Novaya Zemlya islands, home to a few thousand people, said there were cases of bears attacking people and entering residential and public buildings.

Polar bears have been severely affected by climate change and are increasingly forced on to land to look for food. They are classed as endangered by Russia, and hunting the bees is banned. It is not possible to get licences to shoot them.

The bears have lost their fear of police patrols and signals used to warn them off, meaning that more drastic measures are needed.

Officials say that if other means to scare off the bears fail a cull could be the only answer.

The archipelago's main settlement, Belushya Guba, has reported a total of 52 bears in its vicinity, with between six and 10 constantly on its territory. Local administration head Vigansha Musin said:

"I've been on Novaya Zemlya since 1983.There’s never been such a mass invasion of polar bears.”

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