Wild invasion: Polar bear caught on CCTV walking into Russian apartment block

Hamish the polar bear and his mother Victoria walk in the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig Scotland

Hamish the polar bear and his mother Victoria walk in the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig Scotland

Polar bears have made themselves at home in the remote Russian town of Belushya Guba.

Conservation authorities turned down a request from the settlement to shoot the bears, which are protected in Russian Federation as an endangered species.

Russian environmental authorities have deployed a team of specialists to a remote Arctic region to sedate and remove dozens of hungry polar bears that have besieged the people living there.

"There's never been such a mass invasion of polar bears".

It's thought the reason they have moved closer to where people live is because they are searching for food.

The worrying migration of bears began late a year ago when the animals started to flock to the settlements of Novaya Zemlya en masse, seeking food at local dumps and harassing residents and their pets.

"The decision to declare an emergency situation on the territory of Novaya Zemlya from February 9 was taken at a meeting of the commission tasked to prevent emergencies and ensure fire safety", said a statement from the regional government released on Saturday.

"People are scared", local administrator Alexander Minayev told CNN.

'Parents are wary of letting children to go to schools and kindergartens, ' he said.

With rising temperatures increasingly destroying the bears' Arctic habitats, interactions with humans are becoming more common.

But Mordvintsev, who planned to leave Tuesday for Belushya Guba to more closely study the bears, said more data was needed to determine whether climate change played a role. "Constantly in the village are from six to 10 polar bears". "They became insolent. This is scary".

Of course, since it's Russian Federation we're talking about, it's not just the bears who've become comfortable.

Scenes caught on video of polar bears that had come ashore, grunting and strolling through the 2,000-person settlement, suggested a dramatic symbol of climate change.

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