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Polar bears on an island in Russia are people in a small town. At least 52 polar bears have been wandering around the town of Belushya Guba. The town on the island of Novaya Zemlya, which is in the Arctic Ocean. The situation has serious because the bears have people and entered homes and offices. Local officials have a "polar bear emergency". Local official Alexander Minayev said: "The people are scared. They are frightened to homes and their daily routines are broken. Parents are afraid to their children go to school or kindergarten." A local said: "I have [here] since 1983, but there never been so many polar bears in the vicinity."

Officials say the polar bears are into towns looking for food. They say that climate change is one reason for this. More sea ice is , which means the bears are into new areas to find food. They are attracted by the smell of food in bins outside people's homes. Town officials have for permission to kill the animals to the danger to humans. However, Russia's environmental agency has this request. Polar bears are classed as a vulnerable species. The World Wildlife Fund says they in danger because of the "ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice habitat from climate change". It is to the polar bears away from the people of Belushya Guba.

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