A state of emergency was declared in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, located in the Arctic Ocean in the northern Russian Arkhangelsk region, after groups of polar bears recently invaded human settlements in the area and started attacking people, according to a press release.
"People are scared, afraid to leave the house ... parents are afraid to let their children go to schools and kindergarten", he said.
Polar bears went on a rampage in a Russian village.
According to Alexander Minayev, the deputy head of Novaya Zemlya administration, dozens of polar bears gathered near human settlements from December 2018 until February 2019.
The bears are said to no longer react to lights and noises created to drive them out of the town but extra measures such as additional fencing have been implemented in the region.
Russian authorities have so far refused permission to shoot the bears but are sending a commission to investigate the situation and have not ruled out a cull.
"There are cases of aggressive behavior of wild animals, such as attacks on people and entering into residential and office buildings".
I recall that over five polar bears are in the [military] garrison chasing people and entering residential buildings.
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Ilya Mordvintsev, a lead researcher at the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Moscow, told TASS that the reason so many polar bears had appeared near human settlement was because of the easy availability of food sources detected during their seasonal migration.
In an attempt to safeguard residents, additional fences were erected near kindergartens and military personnel and workers were driven to service in secure vehicles.
Head of Novay Zemlya Zhigansha Musin has said that the regime of emergency will be in place until the security of the settlements will be provided.
Despite the siege, residents have been warned they face prosecution is they shoot the endangered species.
Melting of sea ice caused by climate change has left the bears with no way, but to look for food on the land.
Federal officials are set to visit the archipelago to assess the situation.
Officials said it is hoped that firearms will not be needed to drive the bears away, but they cautioned that culling of the animals can not be ruled out.