Polar Bears are Coming to Human Residential Homes Searching for Food
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 are affected by climate change and are increasingly forced on to land to look for food.
Hunting the bears is banned, and the federal environment agency has refused to issue licences to shoot them as Russia classes them as endangered.
The bears had lost their fear of police patrols and signals used to warn them off, meaning that more drastic measures were needed, officials said.
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.
“I’ve been on Novaya Zemlya since 1983,” said local administartion head Vigansha Musin in an official press release. “There’s never been such a mass invasion of polar bears.”
“People are scared, afraid to leave their homes, their daily routines are being broken, and parents are unwilling to let their children go to school or kindergarten,” the deputy head of the local administration, Alexander Minayev, said.
With Arctic sea ice diminishing as a result of climate change, polar bears are forced to change their hunting habits and spend more time on land looking for food – which potentially puts them in conflict with humans.
This is another proof of how dangerous lobal warming is.
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