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Russian Arctic archipelago sounds alarm over aggressive polar bears


MOSCOW: A Russian Arctic archipelago on Saturday declared an emergency situation over an "invasion" of dozens of competitive polar bears that experience entered houses and public structures.

Russia's northeastern Novaya Zemlya archipelago, which has a population of round 3,000 people, has appealed for lend a hand to take on "a mass invasion of polar bears into inhabited areas," regional authorities said in a remark.

Russian authorities have thus far refused permission to shoot the bears but are sending a commission to analyze the location and feature now not dominated out a cull.

Polar bears are suffering from world warming with melting Arctic ice forcing them to spend extra time on land the place they compete for meals.

They are recognised as an endangered species in Russia and searching them is banned.

Russia has air drive and air defence troops according to Novaya Zemlya.

Since December, 52 polar bears have ceaselessly visited the archipelago's primary agreement, Belushya Guba, with some showing "aggressive behaviour," local official Alexander Minayev said in a report to regional authorities.

This incorporated "attacks on people and entering residential homes and public buildings," said Minayev, the deputy leader of the local management.

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

"People are scared, they are afraid to leave their homes ... parents are frightened to let their children go to schools and kindergartens."

The head of the local management Zhigansha Musin said that the numbers of polar bears had been unheard of.

"I've been on Novaya Zemlya since 1983 and there's never been such a mass invasion of polar bears," he told regional officials.

Bears are constantly inside a military garrison and "literally chase people" he said in addition to going into the entrances of blocks of flats.

Local officials complained that measures to scare off polar bears corresponding to vehicle and canine patrols have now not been effective as polar bears feel secure and no longer react.


The federal environmental assets agency has refused to issue licences to shoot essentially the most competitive bears.


A operating team of regional and federal officials is about to talk over with the archipelago to evaluate the location and the measures taken thus far.


The Arkhangelsk regional authorities, which oversee Novaya Zemlya, said that if all else failed "shooting the animals could be the only possible forced measure."


In January, a defence ministry official said that loads of disused army structures were demolished on Novaya Zemlya as a result of polar bears had been settling inside them.


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