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World Dozens of polar bears are 'crowding' a Russian village in search of food

14:35  06 december  2019
14:35  06 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Russia saw a mass invasion of polar bears in February 2019, according to a report by the Tass news agency. The Northeastern Novaya Zemlya is a Russian archipelago stretching into the Arctic Ocean, with 3,000 human population.

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Dozens of polar bears have "invaded" a village in Russia's far north in search for food, prompting "bear patrols" around the village and halting public activities, officials said. Environmentalists say climate change might be to blame.

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A village in northeastern Russia is working to ward off dozens of polar bears that have descended on the area in search of food . The "invasion" of 56 bears has led to the cancellation of a number of public events in the village of Ryrkaypiy, including rehearsals for a New Year concert, according to the

Last December, a herd of 52 polar bears stormed into Belushya Guba, a village in the archipelago of Novaya Zemlya ( Russia ), in search of food . With the decline of sea ice in the Arctic due to global warming, polar bears have changed their hunting habits and have chosen to approach human

The number of polar bears that have descended on Ryrkaypiy, in Russia's Chukotka region, has grown over the last few days and on Friday there were about 60 of them, Tatyana Minenko, head of the "Bear Patrol" of the village, told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.

The bears are eating the carcasses of walruses that have remained on the village's shores since the fall, the Russian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Thursday in a statement.

"Almost all bears are thin," said Minenko, as quoted in the WWF statement. "Among them are both adult and young animals, there are females with cubs of different ages," she said.

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Russian authorities are growing increasingly concerned about a polar bear that has been wandering in a village hundreds of miles from its usual habitat in search of food , according to local reports.

Experts explain why polar bears are invading a Russian town, and whether they are there to stay. Over 50 polar bears strolled into the small military town Belushya Guba located in a northern Polar bears were able to smell the trash dump outside the village of Belushya Guba in their migration for

Polar bears could often be seen in the area around the village, but such "overcrowding" that happened just over the course of a few days is rare, WWF said.

Volunteers and residents have started patrolling the area around the village, as well as public areas in the village, like schools and kindergartens, to avoid encounters with the unexpected guests, WWF said. All public events have been canceled and children are transported to school in buses, WWF said.

"The psychological situation in the settlement [Ryrkaypiy] is complicated, women worry, because their children walk to school," Anatoly Kochnev, scientist at Russia's Institute of North's Biology Studies, told state news agency TASS.

Just five years earlier, not more than three to five bears would come close to the village, Kochnev said. Ryrkaypiy has a population of about 500 residents, according to TASS.

"We try to control the situation, but nobody would want to think what may happen there in 3-5 years," Kochnev said. "If walruses abandon the cape or if their population reduces, polar bears would not stop to be there, but -- they will be hungry."

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Polar bears are classified as an endangered species in Russia , and hunting the bears is banned, but officials were considering a cull if the bears didn’t respond to other security measures, such as increased police patrols and new fencing. On Tuesday, a group of scientists from Russia ’s Federal

MOSCOW — Dozens of polar bears have laid siege to a small military settlement deep in the Russian Arctic, leaving residents afraid to send their children to school, or even open their front doors. The settlement, Belushya Guba, on a finger of land stretching into the Arctic Ocean

He said so far bears have usually remained calm when they come close to humans. The last time a bear killed a human in Ryrkaypiy was in 2011, according to TASS.

Warmer temperatures to blame

Scientists say the unusually warm weather in the area is causing ice to melt and affecting the bears' hunting habits.

"If the ice was strong enough, the bears, or at least some of them, would have already gone to sea, where they could hunt for seals or sea hares," said Mikhail Stishov, coordinator of WWF-Russia projects for the conservation of Arctic biodiversity.

"Similar situations are becoming the norm," he said. "We need to adapt to this so that neither people nor bears suffer. "

The village of Ryrkaypiy is situated near the shore of the Arctic Ocean and faces Wrangel Island, known to be a "maternity house" for polar bears, according to TASS.

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