Emergency declared in Russian archipelago for a freaky reason

Russian islands declare emergency over polar bear 'invasion'

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And we already know that polar bears are suffering direct effects of that disappearing ice and other changes to the climate in the arctic.

Footage from the Novaya Zemlya archipelago shows the animals roaming through building and exploring populated areas.

A chain of remote Russian islands has declared a state of emergency after it was swarmed with hungry polar bears.

This included "attacks on people and entering residential homes and public buildings", said Minayev, the deputy chief of the local administration. As sea ice diminishes, polar bear feeding grounds decline, meaning the wild predators may seek out food elsewhere - like human garbage dumps.

An Arctic region of Russian Federation has declared a state of emergency over a polar bear "invasion" which has left people "afraid to go outside". But as Arctic ice thins, an occurrence linked to the acceleration of climate change, the animals move ashore, ravenous.

The settlement of Belushya Guba, on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, is home to about 2,000 people - and since December an estimated 52 polar bears.

Presence: Two of the dozens of polar bears regularly spotted in the area. They say bears are constantly in the town and as many as 10 of them have appeared at one time.

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That's exactly why Belushya Guba is seeing an unprecedented deluge of polar bears.

The state of emergency was declared on Saturday.

Since polar bears are endangered in Russian Federation, locals are forbidden from shooting them.

Polar bears may look cute and cuddly when you see them in YouTube videos or in Coca-Cola commercials, but we're pretty sure you wouldn't want a pack of them to invade your hometown.

A team of experts would be sent to Novaya Zemlya to assess the bears' behavior, the TASS report said, adding that the country's environmental watchdog had denied licenses allowing the killing of aggressive bears.

The advent of the bears has caused quite some panic with citizens claiming they are "afraid to go outside" and that their 'daily life is in turmoil.' According to the BBC, there have been cases of bears attacking people and even entering buildings.

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