Villagers In Remote Corner Of Siberia Are Trapped As Hungry Polar Bears Surround Whole Town

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Around October 19, the small village of Ryrkaypiy started being surrounded by around 20 polar bears.

Polar bears are marine mammals that prefer to spend most of their time on the Arctic sea ice.

Defenders of Wildlife explains that the bears can be up to 9 feet tall and weigh up to 1700 lbs.

Their diet mostly consists of seals and walruses, the whereabouts of which determines their migratory patterns.

This time of year, Ryrkaypiy became the temporary home to a large, 5000 strong herd of walruses, which is what attracted the polar bears in the first place according to Siberian Times. 


Since the sea ice isn’t frozen yet, polar bears don’t have as much range to hunt as they normally would, which leads them to look elsewhere.

In this case, it also allowed many of the walruses to get away before the polar bears could intercept them.

However, there were some casualties for the walruses, and dinner time for the bears.

This is an important time of year to fatten up, before denning season when the females hibernate and give birth to the next generation of bears.

While there was one incident where a polar bear cub tried to break into a house and broke a window, the bears have otherwise just scared residents with their presence.

The village is so far north in Siberia, that Google can’t even calculate driving directions from Moscow, which you can see may as well be a world away.

Luckily, Ryrkaypiy residents are used to these types of visitors, although, this season was especially high density.

In fact, the area, and many residents are involved with The Polar Bear Programme, which aims to help protect the threatened animals.

 

The program, which involves researchers and locals, who help each other to learn more about the bears and to most importantly, protect them from poachers.

Hopefully, the polar bear experts will be able to put their heads together and figure out a way to get the polar bears away from the village.

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