Russian islands declare emergency after mass invasion of polar bears

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Russian environmental authorities have deployed a team of specialists to a remote Arctic region to sedate and remove dozens of hungry polar bears that have besieged the people living there.

The move came after officials in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, with a population of about 3,000 people, appealed for help.

???There???s never been such a mass invasion of polar bears,??? said Zhigansha Musin, the head of the local administration. ???They have literally been chasing people.???

Alexander Minayev, the region???s deputy head, added: ???People are scared, and afraid to leave their homes. Parents are unwilling to let their children go to school or nursery.??? A state of emergency has been declared in the region.