A polar bear killed 2 people in a remote Alaskan town

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The animal was shot and killed by a local resident as it attacked the couple, police said. The victims are “an adult woman and a juvenile man”

A polar bear killed 2 people in a remote Alaskan town

“Initial reports indicate that a polar bear had entered the community and had chased several residents,” police said. “The bear fatally attacked an adult female and a juvenile male.” (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Apolar bear has attacked and killed two people in a remote town in western Alaska b>, authorities said.

Alaska State Police said they received the report from attack at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Wales, on the western tip of the Seward Peninsula, the KTUU reported.

“Initial reports indicate a polar bear He had entered the community and had chased several residents,” police said. “The bear fatally attacked an adult female and a juvenile male”.

The bear was shot and killed by a local resident as it attacked the couple, police said.

The names of the two people killed were not released. Agents said they were working to notify family members.

A polar bear killed 2 people in a remote Alaskan town

According to Anchorage Daily News, fatal polar bear attacks have been rare in Alaska's recent history. (pxhere)

Wales is a small, predominantly Inupiaq town of about 150 people, just over 100 miles northwest of Nome.

Police and the state Department of Fish and Game are planning travel to Wales once weather permits, according to the dispatch.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, fatal attacks by polar bears have been rare in recent Alaskan history.

In 1990, a man was killed by a polar bear further north in Wales, in the village of Point Lay. Biologists later said the animal was showing signs of starvation.

Fox News said Alaska scientists with the US Geological Survey found in 2019 that changes in sea ice habitat had coincided with evidence that land use by polar bears was increasing and that the chances of a polar bear encounter had increased.

Forced migration

A polar bear killed 2 people in a remote town in Alaska

In recent years in communities in the Arctic polar bear sightings have grown, and people even come face to face with these animals. (Kristin Laidre/University of Washington)

The global warming has caused the poles to thaw at an accelerated rate. As a result of the destruction of these spaces, polar bears, the largest carnivores in the world, have been seen forced to emigrate to other parts of the world in search of a new place to settle and food.

The negative effects of climate change have generated an avalanche of problems in the regions close to the habitats of these mammals. In recent years in Arctic communities, sightings of polar bears have increased, with people even coming face to face with these animals.

Another example of this migration of bears to areas that are “dominated” by humans is in Novaya Zemlya, a Russian archipelago where dozens of polar bears have been seen since 2019.< /p>

Isaac Stanley Becker, a reporter for The Washington Post, warned that bears could be culled that year, in in case the population increases on the island.

These mammals basically feed on carrion and have begun to scavenge the garbage of the inhabitants of the regions they “invade”, however this is not the real problem behind it, deadly bear attacks on people have increased.

(with information from AP)

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