Just a few years ago, polar bears ventured into a Russian weather station scaring scientists, and now again, approximately 50 of the predators invaded a remote Russian town – a state of emergency had to be declared.
According to CBCNews, the bears invaded residential areas including
“People are scared, afraid to leave the house, their daily activities are disrupted, parents are afraid to let their children go to schools and kindergartens,” a deputy school administrator posted in a press release.
More fences and barricades have since been installed, but it isn’t unusual to see 20 to 30 polar bears scrounging around the garbage at the town dump. And the scariest part – the bears are not afraid of anything.
Polar bears are classified as endangered in Russia and the federal government forbids an anyone from killing the animals. The movement of the bears has been related to the shrinking Arctic ice. Polar bears rely on the sea ice to hunt, but the melting ice drives them to land to hunt for food.
Marine ecologists have repeatedly sent out warnings concerning global warming and the consequences for certain vulnerable species – the polar bears. Now the bears could be slaughtered if Russian officials don’t figure out a way to keep these endangered animals from attacking humans.
Photos and videos recently posted show the bears appearing everywhere – including playgrounds, at dog parks and in apartment buildings.
(Photo – screengrab via Youtube video)