A
the invasion of about 50 polar bears has caused an "emergency situation"
in the small Russian settlement Belushya Guba, according to the TASS news
agency, USA Today reports.

The city
is located on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, about 1,200
kilometers northeast of Moscow.

"The people are
afraid, "said Alexander Minayev, the deputy head of Novaya Zemlya, in a statement.

"They are afraid of it
leave homes and their daily routines are broken. Parents are afraid to leave it
children go to school or to kindergarten. "- Alexander Minayev

The bears arrived in December and
since then have acted aggressively by attacking people and entering residences
and companies.

"I went to Novaya
Zemlya since 1983, but there have never been so many polar bears in the
environment, "said Zhigansha Musin, the head of Novaya Zemlya.

There
could be related to global warming: melting Arctic sea ice
forced polar bears to spend more time on the land, where they are fighting for
food. Scientists have been warning for a long time that the shrinking sea ice in the Arctic
poses a direct threat to the bears – and increases the chance of it
meetings with people, according to CBS News.

The International Union for
Conservation of Nature says there are about 26,000 polar
bears on earth. The species is categorized as "vulnerable". In the
In the United States it is considered an endangered species.

The
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature estimates it
population could decrease by 30 to 50 percent if the loss of sea ice continues.

"Two thirds of the world
polar bears can die out in 2050, "according to the World Wildlife Fund.

This specific invasion
Russia may take a while. The Russian government has refused to spend
licenses to shoot the most aggressive polar bears, reports TASS. But the
Government has sent a team of experts to the archipelago to assess and
prevent attacks on people.

WN.comJim Berrie