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

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

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