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What's driving polar bears into southern regions they don't normally inhabit?

State of emergency is declared after more than 50 polar bears invade Russian town and 'chase terrified residents'
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  • NO ICE THEY can not hunt seals like they should, so they move south to hunt what ever they can fine. People, deer, dogs, any thing they can eat.
    zipper · 0 0
  • Maybe they're on a stag party?
    Elizabeth · 2 1
  • Climates always change and animals tend to move to environments that are suitable as they do. Polar Bears tend to like to stay near the ocean so that they can hunt seals but they are pretty capable hunters of other animals too.
    I Googled Novaya Zemlya, Russia and it is on a thin peninsula deep into the Arctic and isn't too far from the ocean (Barents Sea). I thought it was kind of humorous that they called them "endangered" animals.
    Climate may or may not play a role IMO. It may be warmer making it difficult for bears to hunt so they moved inland or it may be colder causing the ice to freeze too much making seal hunting difficult or none of the above.

    I'm skeptical that it is more southerly than normal. It may be more inland than normal but that is way up in the Arctic and probably has only polar bears. If you look at the brown bear range, it doesn't extend that far north.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_bear...
    If you find a bear there, chances are it is going to be a polar bear.
    JimZ · 7 7