POLAR BEAR PATROL IN CHUKOTKA MEETS PINNIPED GUESTS
This means that the patrol begins a hot season. No wonder – Cape Kozhevnikov is known as a polar bear area: since 2007, due to climate change, almost every fall the westernmost rookery of Pacific walruses has been formed on it. Sometimes their number reaches tens of thousands. Polar bears cannot indifferently pass by such an amount of food and linger for a long time near the village.
This year, walruses appeared in the area of Cape Kozhevnikov two or three weeks ago. They gathered in large groups on water, surrounding the cape from different directions. Particularly brave and the most tired in tried to go out to the east, north and south coast of the cape. But a large haul-out did not form in any way. Strong storms and the presence of a dozen polar bears did not allow pinnipeds to stay on the shore for a long time.
The Polar bear patrol team was preparing for the arrival of “guests” along with other villagers. People cleared the territory of the rookery from the garbage thrown out by the sea. It was important to do this to prevent the death of cubs in the rubble of logs.
Now the patrol manages to control the situation with polar bears, which are about 15 on the cape. As long as there is food for them, predators do not often enter the village. But over the past week, a stormy sea washed 9 dead walruses ashore, some of which are located within the borders of the village. If they are not transferred to the cape in time, polar bears will often appear in the village.