Russian islands declare emergency after mass invasion of polar bears


"Global warming is melting the ice so it has a chain reaction on how polar bears can survive".

Polar bears are classified as an endangered species in Russian Federation and shooting them is prohibited by law.

Novaya Zemlya, a Soviet nuclear test base with a population of about 3,000, declared an emergency situation following a weeks-long "invasion" of the aggressive animals.

To protect the town, locals have built extra fences around schools and other sites, while special patrols try to scare off the bears with cars and dogs.

An Arctic region of Russian Federation has declared a state of emergency over a polar bear "invasion" which has left people "afraid to go outside".

"People are scared, and afraid to leave their homes".

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The animals have reportedly been spotted in the town since December 2018 and over the last few weeks, the bears are said to have ransacked garbage dumps, entered residential buildings and offices and attacked locals.

Town officials have used loud noises like shooting off guns and vehicle horns, as well as packs of dogs, to try and scare the bears, the Siberian Times reported.

"Residents, schools and kindergartens are submitting numerous oral and written complaints demanding to ensure safety in the settlement", reads the statement. Kochnev says that getting rids of trash in the settlements on Novaya Zemlya will be key. Instead, a task force will be sent to the archipelago to "assess the situation and take measures to prevent the polar bears from attacking people", the press release said.

As many as 50 polar bears have been terrorising local on Novaya Zemlya, a group of islands off Russia' northern coast. I recall that over five polar bears are in the [military] garrison chasing people and entering residential buildings. Short of less violent options, the only alternative might be to cull the population, although Russia's main environmental watchdog has so far refused to issue hunting licenses to civilians.

Efforts to drive out the polar bears from the human habitat have partly paid off, Zhigansha Musin, the head of the municipal administration, told Russian media on Monday.