About 52 polar bears frequently stroll through Beluchia Guba, the largest town in this archipelago where there is a Russian military base.
The arctic archipelago New Zealand , located in northeastern Russia 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.
“I live in New Zealand since 1983 and I never saw such a massive invasion of polar bears,”Jigancha Mousin , head of the archipelago’s administration, said in a statement .
About 52 polar bears frequently stroll through Beluchia Guba , the largest town in this archipelago where there is a Russian military base. In some cases the animals have “aggressive behavior , “ says Alexandre Minaiev, the deputy head of the administration in the statement.
“They attack people and penetrate housing and service buildings (…) Between six and ten bears are permanently in the territory of the people,” he says.
According to Minaiev, “people are afraid to leave home (…) parents are afraid to let their children go alone to school”.
Polar bears have been affected by global warming and the melting of the Arctic, forcing them to spend more time off the ice to look for food.
In Russia they are classified as an endangered species and it is forbidden to hunt them.
At the moment the authorities are trying to expel the polar bears with patrol vehicles and dogs. “But these measures do not have the desired effect,” the statement said.