Russian islands declare emergency after mass invasion of polar bears

Russian islands declare emergency over polar bear 'invasion'

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A state of emergency has been declared in a remote Russian region after the mass invasion of polar bears in human settlements of the region.

The government chose to send specialists on the islands after officials in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, with a population of about 3,000 people, sought help.

However, despite desperate pleas for help, Russian authorities have so far refused permission to shoot the bears.

With rising temperatures increasingly destroying the bears' Arctic habitats, interactions with humans are becoming more common.

Polar bears are recognized as an endangered species in Russian Federation and hunting them is banned.

"I've been on Novaya Zemlya since 1983", he added. At the same time, it was said that polar bears do not show any reaction in response to people's attempts to scare them off. People try to use noise signals, patrol vehicles and dogs to scare the bears away, although to no avail.

Local people are scared, they are afraid to leave their houses, daily activities have been disrupted, parents do not let their children go to schools and kindergartens.

"There's never been such a mass invasion of polar bears".

"Polar bears are reliant on seals for food and seals rely on sea ice". An Instagram user uploaded photos and a video of the hungry bears. "They have literally been chasing people". Attempts to scare off the polar bears using auto horns and dogs have all failed, the Tass news agency said. However, the authorities decided not to shoot the predators, even most aggressive ones. A group of specialists is going to be sent to the archipelago to assess the situation and make further decisions.

In January, a defence ministry official said that hundreds of disused military buildings had been demolished on Novaya Zemlya because polar bears were settling inside them.

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