Why Hungry Polar Bears Are Causing Major Problems For This Russian Village
Dozens of polar bears have moved into the outskirts of a village in Russia's far north, forcing residents to take extra precautions as the hungry animals scrounge for food.
Environmentalists say the warming climate could be to blame, as there's not enough coastal ice for the bears to move out over the sea where they would normally be hunting now.
About 60 bears have been counted near the village of Ryrkaypiy, in the Chukotka Region, more than half a mile inland, according to The World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF).
Public events, including seasonal concerts, were cancelled in the village and children have been taken to school and nursery by bus to keep them safe.
Teams of volunteers have been monitoring the area to make sure the bears don't enter the village itself.
Tatyana Minenko, the head of WWF's Bear Patrol in Ryrkaypiy, said in a report released Thursday that "almost all the bears are thin."
She said there were both adult and young animals, including females with cubs of different ages. They had found some walrus remains on the nearby Cape of Kozhevnikov, she said. There is a walrus breeding ground in the area.