Hungry Bears Circle Russian Town, Locals Not Amused

I think this would be a sight to see, but then that is just me.

I love bears, and while many across Wisconsin and elsewhere have seen a bear rather up close in the wild I have not. Lord knows I have tried.   On my trek to Alaska I only was only able to see one at a great distance, and that did not count.  It was too far away to share the sugar cubes I had placed in my pocket for such a sighting.   (James would say at this moment “If only Gregory was kidding!”)

Anyway, I think the fear of bears is over-played.  They do need to be respected for the power and purpose they have when protecting their young and when hungry.  But they also want to be wary of us as most of us want to be with them.

So it was with great interest I read today about a Russian town that seems paralyzed with fear about many bears that have come in search of food.

Dozens of hungry bears have besieged a small town in Russia’s far east, roaming the streets and attacking residents.

In the past month, more than 30 bears have entered inhabited areas in Russia’s Primorsky region, located between China, North Korea and the Sea of Japan. Local authorities have had to shoot at least two animals.

Luchegorsk, a town of 21,000 on the river Kontrovod near the Chinese border, has been particularly affected. Two large bears – a brown bear and a Himalayan bear – are now “ruling over” Luchegorsk, wandering the streets and scaring local people, the Primorskaya newspaper reported. Asian black bears have also been seen, and a further three dozen bears are circling the town, according to other reports.

Local people say they are afraid to leave their homes and that the streets are filled with the sounds of sirens and loudspeakers telling citizens not to go outside for their own safety, VladNews reported. In one case, bears reportedly ransacked bee hives kept by locals. Kindergartens have kept children inside.


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