Polar bears invade Russian town; locals delighted but wary


MOSCOW (AP) — Russian wildlife specialists are heading for an Arctic archipelago to try to resolve a state of affairs that has both terrified and delighted the locals: Polar bears who have moved into a populated space.…

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian wildlife specialists are heading for an Arctic archipelago to try to resolve a state of affairs that has both terrified and delighted the locals: Polar bears who have moved right into a populated space.

It’s not the first time that polar bears have come to Novaya Zemlya, a gaggle of two giant Russian islands farther north than America’s most northerly city of Barrow, Alaska. But the numbers are hanging: More than 50 bears have been noticed in the archipelago’s principal town of Belushya Guba.

Over the weekend, regional Russian authorities declared a state of emergency after the bears peered into houses, entered buildings and gorged at a garbage dump outdoors the town.

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