Russia islands emergency over polar bear 'invasion'

Russia islands emergency over polar bear 'invasion'

Russia islands emergency over polar bear 'invasion'

The leader of the local administration, Zhigansha Musin, said the islands had never seen so many polar bears in inhabited areas.

A mother polar bear plays with her three cubs born last November, at the Moscow Zoo in Moscow, Russia, on March 22, 2012.

At the moment the authorities are trying to expel the polar bears with patrol vehicles and dogs.

His deputy said commonplace life was being disrupted by the probability.

"Parents are wary of letting children go to school and kindergarten".

"There are cases of aggressive behaviour of wild animals - attacks on people, penetration into residential office buildings".

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A young polar bear wallows in snow at the public zoo in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg, on December 7, 2012.

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

Polar bears in Russian Federation are classed as an endangered species.

Though classified by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as "vulnerable," Russian Federation considers polar bears an endangered species, and bans the hunting of them.

Russia's environmental watchdog has also refused to issue licences to shoot the bears, which are an endangered species. As an alternative to shooting the bears, a team of specialists has been sent out to offer advice to residents.

Two polar bears walk in the snow in their enclosure at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, on March 6, 2018.

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Officials said it is hoped that firearms will not be needed to drive the bears away, but they cautioned that culling of the animals can not be ruled out.

Though attacks on humans are rare, according to the conservation group Polar Bears International, they're expected to increase as more sea ice melts and the animals spend more time ashore. This sometimes puts them at odds with humans.

Within the town of Belushya Guba, 52 of the animals have been counted so far - they've been spotted hunting for food in dumps and wandering around the settlement which is home to a number of Russian military personnel.

Station head Vadim Plotnikov was cited as saying that 10 adult bears and four cubs had surrounded the station.

Despite this, some go outside even when the bears are a few feet away.

Reports posted online speak of a "bear siege".

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