Due to extensive habitat loss caused by climate change, polar bears focus their attention on humans now. According to a CBS report, a team of Russian weathermen was trapped in an Arctic station, hiding from a pack of polar bears.
Polar bears have been the in the focus of the media for quite some time now, especially science scientists are trying to figure out whether or not the animals should be categorized as endangered. However, it seems that the reason for which their numbers are dwindling are also pushing them to attack humans.
During a routine expedition in the Arctic, a group of Russian researchers found themselves in a horror movie scenario as they were surrounded by hungry polar bears bent on making the researchers their next meal.
While it’s not unusual for the mammals to hang around the research station, it’s not like them to barge in, eat the station’s dog, and break a couple of windows while trying to get to the other residents of the enclosure.
The horror of the situation was augmented by the fact that the researchers were forced to take trips to an adjacent building that was harboring the generator. The only weapon that they had was a shotgun, their flare gun, which is useful in scaring off the bears, having no more ammunition.
If not for a ship that was already in the neighborhood, the researchers would have remained in the station for approximately a month. They had enough supplies to last them a year, but the polar bears would have probably made it to them while heading towards the generator building.
Russian officials declared that the pack will disperse in the future when new ice sheets form in the area, allowing the bears to travel towards new destinations in search of prey.
The pack that attacked the weather station was made out of a female polar bear and her cubs. Experts believe that the uncharacteristically violent behavior was triggered by the rapid melt of the polar ice caps which stranded the bear and her cubs on a single area in which food was scarce.
Seeing as climate change caused the rapid and extensive melt of polar ice caps, one can say that the entire situation was man-made.
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