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A polar bear invasion on some Russian islands had resulted in a state of emergency.
- The bears appeared in towns on Russia’s Novaya Zemlya [noh-VUH-yuh ZEM-lee-ah] islands. These animals invaded the towns because vast areas of sea ice where they hunt melted due to climate change. The disappearance of ice forced the creatures to travel to a wide area of land to search for food. This area of land included places where people live and work.
Upon invading the towns, the bears disrupted the residents’ daily routines by forcing their way into homes, buildings, and even a military base. Some of the bears also attacked people, causing fear of more attacks in the future.
In spite of the attacks, the people in the affected areas are forbidden from shooting the bears because these animals are considered a threatened species. Because of this, the towns’ residents came up with some safety measures. These include barricading themselves in their homes, building additional fences near kindergartens, using more secure transportation to travel to workplaces, and getting dogs for security.
However, these added security measures proved futile against the bears. The creatures refused to be driven away even with the use of police patrol vehicles, dogs, and other means of warding them off.
To resolve the crisis, the Russian government sent experts to capture the bears and take them out of the islands. If preventing more bear attacks is not possible at the moment, a plan of eliminating them through selective killing will be implemented.