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Arctic island of Novaya Zemlya : polar bears are scared away from the Russian settlement

After dozens of polar bears have invaded a Russian settlement North of the Arctic circle, the authorities have started with the expulsion. It was used technique, the noises to scare away the animals from the Russian island of Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic ocean, said a representative of the local Authorities of the Russian news Agency Ria Novosti, on Monday. "There are now fewer bears. We can't count them, but due to a snow storm.“ The state of emergency will continue to exist.

The authorities had published the warning on Saturday in the Arkhangelsk region. At least 52 animals were last sighted in the vicinity of the settlement Beluschja Guba. Some of these bears had come people already close to and have visited homes and offices, it was said to the grounds. In the Internet Videos were released: polar bears in a hallway next to the stroller, bear looking through a window or on a garbage heap after, looking for food.

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The representatives of the authorities attributed the high number of polar bears in the settlements of the island, on climate change: "In the 80s, the ice around Novaya Zemlya around is not melted in the summer. But now, if you look at satellite images, there is no more ice. In the Winter it forms off the coast until late.“

In search of food, the bears would come to the landfill, he said the Agency Interfax according to. "By 2020, we plan to eliminate all landfill completely, and to build an incinerator." For almost 40 years, he lived on the island, he said and added: "So many bears there were."

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