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3/11/2019 3:40:01 PM

Polar bear feast on food waste in Russia’s Arctic

Experts say the polar bears are unable to hunt seals due to the freezing sea temperatures and are left with no option than to look for alternate food sources.
Last month, as many as 52 polar bears wreaked havoc in the Russian town of Belushya Guba recently by attacking locals and entering buildings, thereby compelling authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Residents of  Belushya Guba, located on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, witnessed horror scenes when polar bears entered residential buildings and attacked pedestrians at will. However, climate and polar bear experts are now saying the unusual phenomenon may be just the beginning of a bigger problem.

In pic: Polar bears feeding at a garbage dump near the village of Belushya Guba, on the remote Russian northern Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

According to experts, the Arctic predators came close to human settlements because of the freezing temperatures of the Arctic sea.

Now, recent pictures and pictures from Russia’s Arctic showing polar bears feasting on food waste have raised several questions on climate change. Experts say the polar bears are unable to hunt seals due to the freezing sea temperatures and are left with no option than to look for alternate food sources.

More clashes between polar bears and humans are expected in Russia as the country is continuously pursuing energy projects, northern passage navigation and strategic military interests in the Arctic, reported AFP.

"Development in the Arctic will definitely increase conflict with humans, especially now that the polar bear is losing its life platform in several regions and coming ashore," biologist Anatoly Kochnev told the news agency.

Polar bears near the Barents Sea are experiencing the fastest ice reduction. According to  Polar Bears International,  the region lost 20 weeks of ice a year over the last few decades.

"Ice monitoring shows that previously, ice near Belushya Guba formed in December," scientist Ilya Mordvintsev told AFP.

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