Polar bears visit Russia village

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2019

The 56 polar bears descended near Ryrkapiy from the neighboring Cape Kozhevnikov in search of food after the walruses they fed on had left, WWF Russia said.

Outstanding photographs and images current how Ryrkaypiy is now in electronic lockdown on the stressing predator intrusion.

All public activities in Ryrkaypiy, in Chukotka region, have been cancelled, and schools are being guarded to protect residents from the bears.

Experts believe that when the snow starts melting in the summer, polar bears move towards populated areas.

Ryrkaypiy has a population of about 500 residents, according to state news agency TASS.

Kavry is an employee of the World Wildlife Fund and lives in the remote region of Russian Federation.


The remote Russian outpost has been left under siege by the invasion of the predators.

"Almost all the bears are thin", said Tatyana Minenko, the head of Bear Patrol on Ryrkaypiy "There are both adult and young animals, including cubs of different ages with their moms".

WWF in a statement said that the members of the villages have volunteered to assist the bear patrol group to protect the town from any human-animal encounters.

In February, authorities declared a state of emergency in the Russian Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya, after more than 50 polar bears invaded human settlements. However, the frequency of Polar bears visiting these areas has increased owing to climate change and receding ice covers.

Polar bears are having to travel farther to find food as sea ice retreats due to the climate crisis.

"We have created a feeding point with walrus carcasses that we gathered along the coast", she told news agency RIA Novosti.


The local government said it expected the bears would leave as soon as the ice was thick enough to walk on.

It is situated near the shore of the Arctic Ocean and faces Wrangel Island, known to be a "maternity house" for polar bears, TASS said.

In June this year, A polar bear was seen entering the city of Norilsk, Russia, a northern Siberian City, for the first time in 40 years.

As a security measure, kindergartens and other schools added fences for extra protection.

Locals say that uncommonly mild cold temperatures weather features generated the polar bear trespass due to the water maybe not freezing over irrespective of subzero temperatures.

Instead of hunting for fish, the bears are eating seal carcasses left from autumn.


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