Novaya Zemlya ends state of emergency caused by polar bears
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Novaya Zemlya ends state of emergency caused by polar bears

On Wednesday, at midnight Moscow time, the Novaya Zemlya archipelago ended its state of emergency declared due to a polar bear invasion, TASS reports, citing head of the Novaya Zemlya administration Zhigansha Musin.

On February 9, a mass invasion of polar bears caused the Novaya Zemlya archipelago to declare a state of emergency. A total of 52 polar bears were spotted in the township of Belushya Guba alone. There have been cases of the bears acting aggressively and breaking into houses and office buildings. The experts believe that the possible causes for the invasion include climate change, seasonal migration and open dumps that tend to attract the bears' attention.

"At midnight on February 19, Novaya Zemlya ended its state of emergency due to the reduction in polar bears; some two to three bears can still be spotted in the distance," Musin said. "The threat was mitigated."

The authorities are now making every effort to manage the situation, Musin said. "We are now carrying out an entire set of measures to control the polar bear situation," he added. "This includes monitoring, 24-hour patrol and dump site watches."