Arctic Town Besieged By Polar Bears Declares State Of Emergency

Polar bears are affected by global warming with melting Arctic ice forcing them to spend more time on land where they compete for food

Polar bears are affected by global warming with melting Arctic ice forcing them to spend more time on land where they compete for food

A state of emergency was declared in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, located in the Arctic Ocean in the northern Russian Arkhangelsk region, after groups of polar bears recently invaded human settlements in the area and started attacking people, according to a press release.

'Parents are wary of letting children to go to schools and kindergartens, ' he said.

As the New York Times reported in 2017, the worldwide population of polar bears (estimated at 26,000 or so) is expected to decline due to climate change. The appearance of polar bears in human settlements of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, which triggered a state of emergency in the region, has been caused by the seasonal migration of animals and available edible waste in the settlements, Ilya Mordvintsev, a lead researcher at the Severtsev Institute of Ecology and Evolution, told TASS.

In the past, local officials have used vehicle and dog patrols to scare off the bears, but that no longer appears to be working.

Russian authorities have refused to grant permission to shoot the bears but will send a taskforce to assess the situation.

Authorities on February 9 said incidents have been reported in Novaya Zemlya towns of bears attacking people and entering residential and government buildings.

"There are constantly 6 to 10 bears inside the settlement", he said.

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He warned the animals are "literally chasing people and even entering the entrances of residential buildings".

"They are staying [near the main settlement of Belushya Guba] because there is some alternative food".

He added special transportation had been arranged to take children to and from kindergartens and troops to military garrisons.

Despite the invasion, residents have been cautioned against shooting and will face prosecution if they do, as polar bears are classified as an endangered species in Russia, Daily Mail reports.

"As there are containers with edible waste, stop walking", said a scientist who confirmed that in the area now, as many polar bears as never seen.

Officials said it is hoped that firearms will not be needed to drive the bears away, but they cautioned that culling of the animals can not be ruled out.

Polar pears are being increasingly driven onto land because of the melting of Arctic sea ice, with their numbers rapidly declining.

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