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Experts WWF warn that soon polar bears can go to Chukchi villages
Experts of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warn that soon polar bears can reach Chukchi villages. As the press service of the Fund reports, such specialists did as a result of patrolling the coastal strip adjacent to the Kozhevnikov cape.
“Recently, walruses left the coastal rookery at Cape Kozhevnikov near the Chukotka village of Ryrkaipiy, and polar bears, feeding on the remains of pinnipeds, began to visit their place. This year, walruses went ashore, strewn with large boulders, and on high steep slopes, where many animals die during panics, ”the environmental organization notes. As a result of inspecting the coastal strip adjacent to Cape Kozhevnikov, WWF Bear Patrol observers found the remains of 116 walruses (69 walruses, 27 young and 20 adults). Most of the pinnipeds died as a result of falling from the slope.
Some of the dead animals were thrown by a storm on the beach in front of residential buildings, which poses a serious danger to people with the possible appearance of a polar bear. With the support of the village administration, the patrolmen clean the shoreline and drag walrus carcasses off to the Kozhevnikov cape, forming a so-called stern spot where polar bears can be driven away.
“In October, 2-3 polar bears were observed in the vicinity of the Cape Kozhevnikov nature monument,” comments Viktor Nikiforov, head of the WWF Bear Patrol project. - In the west of Chukotka, depending on the ice conditions, polar bears may appear in significant numbers from mid-November, in the east - near the villages of Neshkan and Enurmino - closer to the New Year. Not far from the village. The Neshkans observed only one bear all summer, but as in the previous year, storms threw the remains of dead gray whales on the shore, which will inevitably attract more polar bears in winter. ”