Remote Russian region `scared' of polar bear `invasion'

Alarm sounded as polar bears'invade Russian Arctic archipelago

Polar bears are recognised as an endangered species in Russia and hunting them is banned

The arctic archipelago New Zealand, located in northeastern Russian Federation and where some 3,000 people live, is alarmed by the "invasion" since December of dozens of aggressive polar bears, explained on Saturday regional authorities.

'Parents are wary of letting children to go to schools and kindergartens, ' he said.

Polar bears went on a rampage in a Russian village. The measure was triggered by a massive invasion of polar bears, the governor's press office said in a statement.

According to the BBC, officials said that the bears no longer fear either police patrols or the signals used to keep them away from humans, and that they have even crossed onto the grounds of the local air defence garrison.

The Russian environmental watchdog has refused to issue licenses for shooting the most aggressive polar bears.

Musin's deputy, Alexander Minayev, said the bears were exhibiting "aggressive behavior", including "attacks on people and entering residential homes and public buildings", the AFP news agency reported. "There are constantly 6 to 10 bears inside the settlement".

The bears "literally chase people" and make their way into the entrances of apartment buildings, another official was cited by the Daily Mail as saying.

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Polar bears are plagued by local weather commerce and are extra and additional forced on to land to see meals. They are staying in that location [near Belushya Guba] because there is some alternative food. The military personnel and employees are delivered to workplaces by special vehicles, while the area is patrolled.

Although most of the wild animals were no longer wandering near the settlements, around six to ten polar bears still remained in the area.

The experts hope that firearms will not be needed to warn off the endangered species.

While Russia considers them endangered and their hunting is banned, the animals have been increasingly causing trouble to thousands of people.

The Siberian Times reports that shooting in the air, sounding auto horns and erecting fences have all failed to curb the bear invasion and a team of specialists is en route to the archipelago to assesses the situation.

They dispute that if wrong approach to dread off the bears fail a cull might well perhaps be the one resolution.

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