Russian researchers team at an Arctic weather station “besieged” by polar bears

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The researchers have lost at least one of their dogs to the arctic beasts. Russian law outlaws killing polar bears and  scientists in the Arctic are equipped only with flares and guns with rubber bullets. A ship with provisions is making its way to Troynoy Island in the Kara Sea to bring aid. It’s about dogs, flares and other pyrotechnical devices needed to scare the animals away. The vessel will reach the station in about a month. “We have issued a recommendation for the station’s personnel to use extreme caution, not to leave the station without a serious need and continue only with possible meteorological observations”, Vassiliy Shevchenko, the head of the Sevgidromet State Monitoring Network that owns the station said to the media. Fortunately, at the end of October, or in the beginning of November the near-shore waters will freeze and the bears will leave the island in search for food.”

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