Scientists testing sound polar bear repeller to protect people and animals
The tests were performed by specialists from the Moscow Zoo, the Russian Arctic National Park and the Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Science. It was carried out at a landfill three kilometers from the village of Belushya Guba. This year in February of more than 50 polar bears gathered here, because of which an emergency regime was introduced.
Specialists managed to observe the reaction of five bears to the operation of the device. The bears didn’t react to the sound the same way - the older ones and probably the more cautious preferred to leave, while the young beast, experiencing obvious severe discomfort, continued to remain on the garbage spot.
The work of scientists was greatly complicated by weather conditions - constant snowstorm and short daylight hours. Therefore, the test results can only be considered as preliminary.
In the near future, experts of the Research Institute of Applied Acoustics will have to finalize the device: adapt it to harsh northern conditions and make sure that the device is completely safe for animals.
In addition, the scientists are developing a mobile version of the device that can be carried by one person. This model will be handed over for testing to Chukotka, to one of the Polar Bear Patrols. And next tests on Novaya Zemlya are planned in August - September of the coming year.