A polar bear has been filmed walking into apartments in the Russian Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya, where locals are facing a massive "invasion" of the wild animals.
Polar bears are increasingly coming into contact with humans as climate change reduces their sea-ice habitats, forcing them on land for longer periods of time. As Liz Greengrass, a director at the United Kingdom -based Born Free Foundation, told CNN past year: "Polar bears are reliant on seals for food and seals rely on sea ice".
Russian Federation has air force and air defence troops based on Novaya Zemlya.More news: Olivia Colman and 'The Favourite' rule at the BAFTAs
Since December, those living around the area's largest settlement-Belushya Guba, which has a population of about 2,500-have reported seeing at least 52 polar bears.
Musin's deputy Alexander Minayev said people were scared and afraid of leaving their homes.
"I've been on Novaya Zemlya since 1983 and there's never been such a mass invasion of polar bears", he told regional officials.More news: Manchester City sorry for playing Chelsea anthem after Etihad Stadium thrashing
Local officials complained that measures to scare off polar bears such as vehicle and dog patrols have not been effective as polar bears feel secure and no longer react. However, the authorities decided not to shoot the predators, even most aggressive ones.
"We are chasing the bears away with the tools that we have", the state-run RIA Novosti quoted Musin as saying.
The Arkhangelsk regional authorities, which oversee Novaya Zemlya, said that if all else failed "shooting the animals could be the only possible forced measure". The specialists will remove these polar bears from the human settlements after sedating them.More news: USA warships again challenge China's claims in South China Sea