More than 50 polar bears have descended on a village in Russia’s far north.
All public activities in the Ryrkaypiy village in the Chukotka region have been cancelled, and schools are being guarded to protect students from the bears.
Conservationists say, climate change could be to blame, as weak coastal ice is forcing the bears to search for food in the village, rather than at sea.
However, other experts say, polar-bear-visits are now so frequent that Ryrkaypiy should be permanently evacuated.
Ryrkaypiy’s Bear Patrol Programme says, they have counted 56 polar bears in the village; the animals were reportedly “both adult and young, and there were females with cubs of different ages”.