Polar Bear 'Siege' Update: Russian Scientists Now Free From 'Human-Hunting' Polar Bears
Recently, a team of Russian scientists was trapped in Troynoy Island due to polar bear 'siege'. The hungry animals surrounded their station; hence the meteorologists were forced to stay inside. Fortunately, they were rescued two weeks after the ordeal began.
According to Nature World News, using flares is one effective way to drive away polar bears. However, the team ran out of flares; therefore, one polar bear was able to break a window in the weather station's warehouse and kill one of the dogs living there. About 10 adult polar bears and cubs were reported to lurk outside the station.
Thanks to Akademik Tryoshnikov, a Russian research expedition that passed by the area, the meteorologists were given supplies that would end the polar bear 'siege'. Previously, it was thought that the arrival of a supply ship in the area would take a month. Supplies of flares were brought by the ship, which also delivered dogs.
CBS News reported that the group of polar bears has grown in the several days that the scientists ran out of flares. The team was advised not to harm or kill the animals while keeping themselves safe because polar bears are a threatened species. Moreover, killing polar bears is deemed illegal in Russia. No bear-human encounters were reported.
Meanwhile, climate change is believed to contribute a lot to such happening. Each creature in the planet is affected in various ways; and according to blogger Jim Treacher in his article published by The Daily Caller, humans likewise contribute to numerous environmental changes. Treacher stressed that humans' daily activity particularly using electricity can increase their carbon footprint that affects creatures in a way that they would just find themselves hunting humans.
About a year ago, another polar bear 'siege' happened to a different group of Russian weather scientists. They were located in a different weather station.