Rangers fire fire to try and chase 63 polar bears that descended on the Russian village
Brave villagers armed with nothing more than fire pistols have tried to drive away more than 60 polar bears that have descended on a Russian city.
Extraordinary video shows three men accompanied by a burgeoning flame on a group of eight bears near the village of Ryrkaypiy, in the far east of Russia, amid the fear that they are trying to eat some of the 766 villagers.
At least 63 bears have descended to the village to feed on seal carcasses after the mild weather prevented the ice from freezing, meaning they cannot hunt for fish as they would normally do at this time of the year.
Three brave villagers in the far east of Russia used fire guns in an attempt to chase away some of the 63 polar bears descending on their city
Drone images show the group of men anticipating the bears before shooting brightly lit projectiles at them, although some animals appear to be less impressed
Villages have also dragged a seal carcass on which the bears fed further from their village amid fears that the bears could attack people
Rangers have stepped up their efforts to scare the bear pack by shooting flares – but the movement is strongly criticized.
Patrollers insist that the action is needed to protect the villagers in the Chukotka region from the hungry predators who can injure or eat people.
Some of the 63 animals counted in the area have already tried to enter residential areas of the Arctic village, the locals say.
The flares were used less than 500 ft from the nearest house at temperatures of 14F (-10C).
A team from Maksim Deminov – who filmed the video – said: & # 39; The bear patrol drives polar bears away from the outskirts of the village and moves the carcass of a seal to a safer distance to Cape Kozhevnikov. & # 39;
But some bears seemed less than afraid of the torches.
Patrols used a bulldozer to move the seal carcass on which the bears feasted.
But after posting the video, he was struck by worried responses – despite Ryrkaypiy being virtually blocked by the bear threat.
One said: & # 39; What if it shoots right into the eyes of a bear?
& # 39; Can loud noises deter them?
Dozens of polar bears arrived in the village after unusually mild weather had stopped the ice from the ice, meaning that they cannot hunt for fish, as usually during this time of the year
It is the second year in a row that the bears have arrived in Ryrkaypiy, although they have never appeared in such large numbers
& # 39; It seems a city person that if a bear fights for his food with a bulldozer, it must mean that he is really, really hungry. & # 39;
Russian polar bear expert Anatoly Kochnev warned that the animals would quickly get used to the torches and not flee, reported The Siberian Times.
& # 39; Only the surprise element helps, & # 39; he said.
He warned Deminov: & # 39; You could have just pulled the seal to drag it away, but for some reason you chose to crawl and shoot around a bulldozer. & # 39;
But the ranger hit back: & If they are hungry, they can injure or eat a person.
& # 39; There were a few incidents in the past before our patrol was formed.
& # 39; We have already stopped a few of their attempts to enter the village.
& # 39; We must be in constant service.
& # 39; Apart from that, people are of course not part of their diet. & # 39;
He insisted: & # 39; There is no damage caused by the torches. & # 39;
In the village on the Chukchi Sea all public events have been canceled and children receive special protection from and to school and kindergarten.
The guns were used less than 500 feet from people's homes because villagers say they fear that desperately hungry bears can attack people
Some have criticized the move, fearing that the bears might be injured or otherwise die of hunger without access to food from the village
All public events in the village have been canceled and children receive special protection from and to school until the bears leave
It is the second year in a row that the village has dozens of polar bears at its door, but this year there is a record number.
"Almost all polar bears are skinny," said Tatiana Minenko, head of the WWF Polar Bear Patrol in Ryrkaipiy.
& # 39; There are adult bears, adolescents, and mother bears with cubs of different ages. & # 39;
Rangers use snowmobiles and vehicles to prevent animals from getting closer to homes.
It is illegal in Russia to shoot polar bears, but last year a patrol resorted to rubber bullets, according to reports.
The locals say that abnormally mild winter weather led to the polar bear's violation because the sea does not freeze despite temperatures below zero.
Instead of hunting for fish in deeper waters, the bears eat seal carcasses left in the fall.
Last year army soldiers cleared the coast of the village with remains of dead seals on which the bears feed.
A former governor of the remote Chukotka region was Roman Abramovich, the tycoon owner of Chelsea FC.
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