The head of the local administration Zhigansha Musin said that the numbers of polar bears were unprecedented. Then the furry beast is seen circling in the lobby amongst baby strollers and other belongings. Geoff York, senior director of the non-profit Polar Bears International said that polar bear attics are relatively rare but he notes that when polar bears and humans exist close together the risk of conflict will increase.
The Russian archipelago of Novaya Zemlya has a population of around 3,000 people. Anatoly Kochnev, a senior scientist at the Russian Academy of Science noted that its hard work for a polar bear to catch a seal but the dump is like a free luxurious restaurant.
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Teachers from kindergartens and schools submitted numerous oral and written complaints asking local government bodies to ensure the safety of the area.
In 2016, five Russian scientists were besieged by polar bears for almost two weeks at a remote weather station on Troynoy Island, east of Novaya Zemlya.
Such has been the invasion that people living in the town are said to be scared of leaving their homes. The specialists will remove these polar bears from the human settlements after sedating them. They are frightened to leave homes and their daily routines are broken.
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Bears are constantly inside a military garrison and "literally chase people" he said as well as going into the entrances of apartment buildings.
Wildlife experts have warned the polar bears' incursion is the result of shrinking sea-ice, as rising Arctic temperatures due to global warming cause the ice to melt, reducing the bears' normal hunting grounds.
According to The Siberian Times, the town has been put in a state of emergency, but civilians have been told not to shoot the already endangered species. Hunting the bears is not only banned in Russian Federation, the country's nature conservancy agency, Rosprirodnadzor, has reminded the citizen's that they cannot shoot the animals.
It is not the first time that polar bears have come to Novaya Zemlya, but their numbers this time are striking.
The people who live on the island have been trying to scare them off.