The arctic archipelago New Zealand, located in northeastern Russian Federation and where some 3,000 people live, is alarmed by the "invasion" since December of dozens of aggressive polar bears, explained on Saturday regional authorities.
The focus is the town of Belushya Guba where 52 polar bears have been counted scavenging for food in local dumps and wandering around the settlement.
"Folk are disquieted, unnerved to head away their homes, their day-to-day routines are being broken, and mother and father are unwilling to let their teenagers race to excessive school or kindergarten", the deputy head of the local administration, Alexander Minayev, said. Dozens of polar bears gathered near human settlements from December 2018 until February 2019. "There's never been such a mass invasion of polar bears", he said.
Local officials have complained that vehicle and dog patrols have not been effective as polar bears feel secure and no longer react.
Instead, a task force will be sent to the archipelago to "assess the situation and take measures to prevent the polar bears from attacking people", the press release said.
Efforts to drive out the polar bears from the human habitat have partly paid off, Zhigansha Musin, the head of the municipal administration, told Russian media on Monday.
Authorities within the Novaya Zemlya islands, home to a pair thousand other folks, said there had been conditions of bears attacking other folks and entering residential and public buildings.
The bears "literally chase people" and make their way into the entrances of apartment buildings, another official was cited by the Daily Mail as saying.
Global warming has forced polar bears to spend more time on land where they compete for food.
However, residents risk being prosecuted if they attempt to shoot the endangered bears.
The bears have been declared an endangered species, and hunting of the animals has been banned by the federal environmental agency.
WWF Russia, meanwhile, warned that the effects of climate change that have driven the polar bears to interact with the human population will also affect tigers and reindeer in Siberia and the Russian Far East.
Melting of sea ice caused by climate change has left the bears with no way, but to look for food on the land. They said that if the now deployed measures are unable to drive the bears away, they may need to be culled.