Last month, some roaming polar bears disrupted the lives in a Russian village, when more than 50 bears approached Belyushya Guba, a village on the far northern Novaya Zemlya archipelago in late February.
As many as 10 of the bears explored the streets of the village and entered the buildings. Local authorities declared a state of emergency for a week and appealed for help from Moscow.
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Picture of the incident has gone viral, where the polar bears can be seen in a garbage dump feasting on the food waste. While observers blamed the officials and said that they ignored the garbage dump. But, polar bear experts said that the main reason they came so close to human life was because of the late freezing of the sea.
That was what kept them from hunting seals and sent them looking for alternate food sources. As Russia is interfering in the Arctic region, pursuing projects, experts said that they expect more clashes between the humans and polar bears.
“Development in the Arctic will definitely increase conflict with humans, especially now that the polar bear is losing its life platform in several regions and coming ashore,” said biologist Anatoly Kochnev, who has studied polar bears in the eastern Arctic since the 1980s.