More Than 50 Hungry Polar Bears Gather Near Siberian Village

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9 個月前

More than 50 polar bears have gathered near a village in Siberia in recent days, with the World Wildlife Fund saying a lack of sea ice has stopped the animals leaving shore to hunt seals.

The “bear invasion” as the WWF has called it, has led to the cancellation of public events in the far northern village of Ryrkaypiy. Schools are being guarded, and regularly patrols are being undertaken, the group said.

Polar bear sightings near human settlements are not unusual in the region, the WWF said, “but such a massive gathering of polar bears is quite unusual.” On December 5, the WWF said 56 bears were observed near the village.

“The number of human and predator encounters in the Arctic is increasing. The main reason is the decline of sea ice due to the changing climate. In the absence of ice cover, animals are forced to go ashore in search of food,” the WWF said.

The bears appear to have been attracted by walrus carcasses found near the village. “Almost all bears are thin. Among them there are both adult and young animals, there are females with cubs of different ages,” said Tatyana Minenko, the head of the village bear patrol. Credit: World Wildlife Fund via Storyful

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    "The daily growth rate for November was generally steady, averaging 98,600 square kilometers (38,100 square miles) per day, compared to the 1981 to 2010 average of 69,600 square kilometers (26,900 square miles). Overall, ice extent increased by 2.75 million square kilometers (1.06 million square miles) through the month, somewhat larger than the 1981 to 2010 average for the month of 2.07 million square kilometers (799,000 square miles)."

    Today's report from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

    Polar Bears generally fast in the Summer months and feed well in Winter. Like most opportunist eaters, if they find an easy source, they will congregate.
  • S
    A contradictory article, fist they say the bears were near the village because of a lack of sea ice, then they say they were near the village because they were attracted by walrus carcasses found near the village. Obviously with their powerful sense of smell every bear would be attracted to the location.
  • D
    Very sad!
  • q
    questions abounding
    but I just saw an article on Fox news the other day that said polar bears are breeding in record numbers and that they are healthier than ever. Odd. It's almost as if certain media outlets have lied to us intentionally!
  • t
    ""The bears appear to have been attracted by walrus carcasses found near the village. "" Plenty of Walruses then !
  • E
    I just read an article stating that the polar bear population is increasing rapidly due to unknown reasons. The so called specialist are scratching their heads as this won't fit the global warming agenda.
  • L
    Only 49998 more to feed ..get busy
  • M
    shoot 10 woodland cariboo and feed them these creatures!
  • k
    cant they do a food drop ??
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