The animal was seen looking for food in dumpsters on the outskirts of Norilsk town in eastern Siberia.
The images of the animal have been around social networks in Russia. A hungry polar bear has been spotted on the outskirts of the industrial city of Norilsk (eastern Siberia) in the Russian Arctic, looking for food in dumpsters, more than 800 kilometers from its traditional habitat the local authorities said Tuesday, June 18.
It was first sighted Sunday night in the industrial area of Talmakh, northeast of Norilsk, told AFP a local manager of environmental services. "He is still moving around a factory, under the control of police and emergency services who ensure his safety and that of the inhabitants", he said.
Hungry polar bear arrives in industrial Norilsk after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food. The bear 'had wrong compass settings' and came south, the first polar bear seen in city since 1970s https://t.co/EqTEbN3gKD pic.twitter.com/nhzhvxLCV6
– The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) June 17, 2019
A team of specialists will arrive Wednesday in this city beyond the Arctic Circle to inspect the animal and make a decision on his fate. Polar bear foraging is increasing in northern Russia as their habitat and food are degraded by climate change and sea ice melting.
Starving polar bear can hardly move, say residents of Norilsk. Emaciated animal walked 1500km south from Arctic Ocean, searching for food https://t.co/mD7yTaIusd pic.twitter.com/EjMJjS6Bac
– The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) June 18, 2019
It is rare, however, for Norilsk residents to spot a polar bear several hundred kilometers from the pack ice. Polar bears are recognized as endangered species and their hunting is banned in Russia.