Parents scared to send kids to school after polar bear invasion

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Authorities in the Novaya Zemlya group of islands declared a state of emergency this week over what they called a "mass invasion of polar bears in inhabited areas".

Since December past year, 52 polar bears have visited the archipelago's main settlement, Belushya Guba, with six to 10 remaining in the village and some displaying "aggressive behaviour", local official Alexander Minaev said in a report to authorities. "Parents are afraid to let their children in the school or in the Kindergarten", said the Governor of the Region.

According to the WWF, the survival and protection of the polar bear habitat are "urgent issues" and their status is listed as vulnerable.

"I've been on Novaya Zemlya since 1983", he said in an reputable press delivery.

Officials were cited by the BBC as saying that the bears had lost their fear of police patrols and signals used to scare them away.

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"They attack people and penetrate housing and service buildings (...) Between six and ten bears are permanently in the territory of the people", he says.

Alexander Minayev, deputy head of the local administration, said that there had been "cases of aggressive behaviour, attacks on people".

I recall that over five polar bears are in the [military] garrison chasing people and entering residential buildings.

Belushya Guba is the main settlement on a remote archipelago to the north of the Russian mainland.

According to TASS, local authorities have installed extra fences near school grounds, employees and military personnel are riding "special vehicles" to work, and patrols have been stepped up, but these measures "yielded no tangible result".

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Russian Federation classes them as endangered.

They are recognised as an endangered species in Russian Federation and hunting them is banned.

Despite the growing threat from polar bear aggression, the country's environmental watchdog has ruled against using firepower to bring the situation under control.

A request to shoot some of the bears was sent to Moscow but has been declined as the species is endangered.

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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But warming temperatures mean ice that melts quicker and earlier in the warm season, depriving them of food and forcing them to hunt on land.

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