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Russian Islands Invaded By Polar Bears Declared State Of Emergency

14 February 2019
Russian Islands Invaded By Polar Bears Declared State Of Emergency

The group also emphasized that due to climate change, where sea ice is melting rapidly and unexpectedly, some polar bears are probably to spend more time ashore.

A remote archipelago in the north of Russian Federation has declared a state of emergency after an invasion of polar bears sparked concerns among the region's residents, according to state media. They are frightened to leave homes and their daily routines are broken.

Polar bears have made themselves at home in the remote Russian town of Belushya Guba.

Polar bears rarely attack humans. A state of emergency has been declared as dozens of bears have entered the towns in the region to look for food.

Records reveal that since since December, 52 polar bears have regularly visited the archipelago's main settlement, Belushya Guba, with some displaying "aggressive behaviour", local authorities have reported. But these measures seemed to have only worked as a temporary solution because the polar bears keep returning.

The authorities declared an emergency after a few of them managed to find their way into the homes of locals and plans for their extraction are apparently in place. Videos have appeared of dozens of the animals rooting through a nearby garbage dump and CCTV footage shown on Russian Federation state television revealed a bear wandering through the hallway of a building.

Authorities have tried numerous ways to try and scare the polar bears away, but none of these measures have reportedly worked until now. Between six and ten polar bears are present at the settlement at any given time, says TASS. "I've been on Novaya Zemlya since 1983", he explained.

The bears, which seemed to be unfrightened by the dogs, have already attacked communities, as well as, injured people as they entered residential lots and buildings, the agency added.

Over 50 bears would not react to light and noise signals and attempts to drive them away with the help of cars and dogs, and there are no other ways to drive away the animals safely - the polar bear is listed in the worldwide and Russian Red List.