Bears are retreating. State of emergency is cancelled on Novaya Zemlya
Emergency mode on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago was introduced on February 9 due to the mass invasion of polar bears to the settlements.
Specialists from Rosprirodnadzor, Institute of Ecology and Evolution and the Russian Arctic National Park. arrived on the archipelago on February 14. Experts inspected the territory of the village and waste deposits where a large accumulation of polar bears was noticed - more than 50 species. Videos and pictures of the unprecedented invasion went around the world.
Polar bears for several days kept people of the village in fear. They even entered the houses. Since the introduction of the emergency regime on the archipelago, there have been no cases of a polar bear attacking a human.
The expedition members worked on the archipelago for 5 days, and every day there were not more than 20 bears. The conclusion of the scientists - bears are leaving. But they can return, knowing that there is a constant feeding spot. In the future it is necessary to completely remove waste deposit near the village.
The experts marked five polar bears with satellite collars in order to monitor their movements in the future and take measures to prevent conflict situations. The same work is supported annually by WWF-Russia.
When a group of scientists returns to Arkhangelsk, they will present the results of their work and give instructions for further actions.