A Russian village is under siege from at least 56 ravenous polar bears that have gathered on the outskirts of the remote outpost.
Remarkable images and footage show how Ryrkaypiy is now in virtual lockdown over the worrying predator invasion.
All public events have been cancelled and children were given extra protection as they travel to and from kindergarten and school.
Special bear patrols are trying to stop the ‘hungry’ bears entering residential areas.
So far the invasion is on the outskirts of the village – which has a population of 766 – in Russia’s easternmost Chuktoka region, where the beasts are feasting on seal carcasses at Cape Kozhevnkov, according to reports.
The migrating polar bears were filmed gathering outside the village of Ryrkaypiy in Chukotka, sending the remote outpost into lockdown
Polar bears were filmed outside the remote Siberian village of Ryrkaypiy in the Chukotka region. Experts said the group included adults, adolescents and mother bears with cubs of different ages
The remote Russian outpost has been left under siege by the invasion of the predators. Public events have been cancelled and children were given extra protection travelling to school
Polar bears outside the village of Ryrkaypiy in the Chukotka region where more than 50 animals have gathered on the edge of a village in Russia’s far north, as weak coastal ice leaves them unable to roam, environmentalists and residents said
It is the second year the village has faced dozens of polar bears on its doorstep, but locals say this year there are more bears than ever.
‘Nearly all the polar bears are skinny,’ said Tatiana Minenko, head of the WWF Polar Bear Patrol in Ryrkaipiy.
‘There are adult bears, adolescents and mother bears with cubs of different ages.’
The village is close to a bear migration route and rangers are using snow mobiles and vehicles to discourage the animals from coming closer to houses.
Minenko and her colleague Maksim Deminov are working ‘around the clock’ to prevent clashes between bears and people.
Experts described the polar bears seen outside the village of Ryrkaypiy as skinny as the animals migrate past the remote Siberian settlement. The bears are pictured (above) on Tuesday
It is the second year Ryrkaypiy has faced dozens of polar bears on its doorstep, but locals say this year there are more bears than ever. They were filmed on the outskirts of the village
World Wildlife Fund Russia said they are working ‘around the clock’ to prevent clashes between the polar bears and residents of the village of Ryrkaypiy
Ryrkaypiy village in Chukotka is close to a bear migration route and the abnormally mild winter weather has led to the bears trespassing due to the sea not freezing over
It is illegal in Russia to shoot polar bears but they are ready to use rubber bullets.
‘There are guards on duty next to local kindergarten and school,’ reported The Siberian Times.
‘All public events like preparation for end of year concerts, rehearsals, and local gatherings were cancelled for the duration of the bear ”invasion”.
‘Children are driven to school and kindergarten and back home in buses.’
Locals say that abnormally mild winter weather has led to the polar bear trespass due to the sea not freezing over despite subzero temperatures.
Instead of hunting for fish, the bears are eating seal carcasses left from autumn.
Last year army servicemen cleared the village’s shore of bodies of dead seals on which the bears are feeding.
Billionaire tycoon and current owner of Chelsea FC, Roman Abramovich, was a former governor of remote Chukotka region.
Instead of hunting for fish, the bears are eating seal carcasses left from autumn. The bears were pictured roaming around the outskirts of Ryrkaypiy