The town of Novaya Zemlya has had quite a week: 50 starved polar bears have invaded their small Russian town looking for food!
People in the town are both scared and excited. They get to see polar bears up close, which is really cool, but some of them have tried to enter people's homes. The fear is that, even though polar bears are a protected species, people who feel scared and trapped will act out and kill the animals.Sign now to make sure Russian officials do everything they can to keep the polar bears safe and humanely remove them from the town!
One particular garbage in the town seems to be the biggest draw for them, so officials may just try to move that. They are also discussing sedating and relocating them, but that would likely be expensive, difficult and very stressful to the bears who just wanted something to eat.
Polar bears have lost so much from climate change. They are born on land but then spend most of their lives in the water or on ice barges, which are melting rapidly. Experts believe the polar bears have invaded the town because their habitat and food (seals) are disappearing due to climate change.
Locals have declared a state of emergency
. Now we just need to be sure that they don't harm the polar bears in trying to get them out of this town.Please sign on demanding that authorities do not use fatal force to evacuate the polar bears!