Polar Bears Are Literally Holding This Russian Town Hostage

A large group of aggressive polar bears is holding 600 people hostage in a small coastal town in Russia after feasting on the carcasses of a nearby colony of walruses.

Local officials believe the polar bears, a species that’s known for its intelligence, forced hundreds of walruses to jump off 125-foot cliffs to their deaths. Twenty of the bears are now surrounding the coastal area of Ryrkaypiy.

“Around 20 polar bears remain practically next to the village,” Viktor Nikiforov, the head of WWF project Polar Bear Patrol, told reporters Thursday. “This autumn the situation is alarming.”

The colony of 5,000 walruses migrated from the area, but several of the polar bears stayed behind to investigate the village — one of the cubs managed to break into one of the houses.

Locals are patrolling the area and scaring the approaching bears away from homes, Nikiforov said.

Polar bear’s biggest traditional enemy were humans who over-hunted them for fur and other body parts, but in the last few decades, international efforts to restrict hunting and trading bear parts have replenished once diminished populations.

There are significantly more polar bears today than there were four decades ago, despite the animal being listed under the Endangered Species act in 2008 over fears global warming would destroy its Arctic habitat.

Official estimates the total number of bears between 20,000 and 25,000, which is a “qualified guess.” The actual number is likely higher.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    And to think that dumber then a rack or rocks enviromentalists wackos were turning this eater of baby seals and goslings into their stop Global Warming mascot Hey Greenpeace ninnies let see you take your silly Plastic or fiberglass Polar Bear to that russian village and convince them that Polar Bears eat at salad bars or dance with dumb Lemming on some dumb movie like Norm of the North

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    JayPee

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    Maybe the DOPE would like to speak about this.
    Creating a divide between people and polar bears
    especially if there’s a suggestion of a wall,
    Certainly isn’t Christian.

    I challenge the DOPE’s claim to

    Christianity !

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    Gator

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    Chris White, like most journalists these days, need to literally buy a dictionary and literally learn what the word literally literally means.

    Journalists and climate scientists have become two of the least disciplined professionals, so much so that apparently anyone can claim to be one, no matter how ignorant they are of the basic skills required.

    Sorry Chris, but you earned this comment, words have meanings. Bears do not seize entire towns, or even individual humans, for security or fulfillment of a condition.

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