Publicado: Mier, Febrero 13, 2019
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Russian Arctic archipelago sounds alarm over 'invasion' of polar bears

Russian Arctic archipelago sounds alarm over 'invasion' of polar bears

Authorities in a remote Russian arctic region have declared a state of emergency after dozens of hungry polar bears overran villages, besieging residents.

A statement from the town of Belushya Guba on Saturday called the polar bears a "mass invasion", and said there were cases of "aggression" in which bears have attacked people.

Considering none of the measure have worked, authorities had sought the permission to cull the polar bears, but the Russian environmental watchdog refused to give permission for the same.

But Russians aren't allowed to hunt the animals, since they're a protected species.

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.

The melting of Arctic ice is being blamed for pushing the animals closer to populated areas in search of food.

The Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean has seen more than fifty polar bears come into settlements searching for food since December previous year.

While this story may garner attention because of how unusual it is, the grim reality is that as the climate continues to change and the habitat of polar bears and other species continues to disappear, incidents like this are likely to become the norm in the years to come.

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"People are scared. They are frightened to leave homes, and their daily routines are broken", Minayev said.

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

The head of the local administration Zhigansha Musin said that the numbers of polar bears were unprecedented. "Parents are unwilling to let their children go to school or kindergarten".

Photos of the bears roaming the town and rummaging for food have been posted on social media, too. I recall that over five polar bears are in the [military] garrison chasing people and entering residential buildings.

The Russian agency tasked with protecting natural resources denied a request by local officials to shoot the bears.

A working group of regional and federal officials is set to visit the archipelago to assess the situation and the measures taken so far.

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

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