Polar bears began to come to Russian villages in Chukotka
The first bears were spotted at Ryrkaipiy a week ago. July 28, a young male came from Cape Weber to the village. The patrol quickly drove the animal away. A little later, five kilometers away, near the village of Cape Schmidt, a female with 2 cubs appeared. Two more bears came to Cape Kozhevnikov. One of them - a five-year-old male - came to the village two days in a row. He also had to be driven away by flare guns and hunter signals.
According to Tatyana Minenko, the head of the Polar Bear Patrol in Ryrkaipiy, usually polar bears begin to arrive in the village in early July and stay until January or even March of the next year. But this year, animals appeared later due to the large amount of sea ice.
Now, according to the patrolmen, the situation in the village is calm: people warned and instructed, everyone follows safety precautions.
This year the bear patrol has one more concern - the villagers are disturbed not only with polar, but also with brown bears. Residents note that animals often come to the village and “behave at home” although “for them this is not typical behavior on the shore”.