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

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

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