Polar bears in Russia

Polar bear poaching in Russia down

According to the annual research by WWF Russia, poaching of Russian polar bears has decreased in 2009, probably due to the anti-poaching activities of the WWF Polar Bear Patrol, population reduction caused by climate change and economic stagnation.

Chukotka polar bears

For several years, polar bears have been increasingly coming into towns in the Chukotka region in Russia. In response, locals worked with WWF to create the Umky, or Polar Bear Patrols, which intercept bears and use long sticks to drive them away. Three of the Umky Patrollers recently visited Alaska to share their knowledge of how they and the animals in the region are adapting to arctic climate change.

Polar bears in Russia

Polar bear – Wikipedia The Soviet Union banned all harvest of polar bears in 1956, however poaching continued and is believed to pose a serious threat to the polar bear population.In recent years, polar bears have approached coastal villages in Chukotka more frequently due to the shrinking of the sea ice, endangering humans and raising concerns that illegal hunting would become even more prevalent.[97] In 2007, the Russian government made subsistence hunting legal for Chukotka natives only, a move supported by Russia’s most prominent bear researchers and the World Wide Fund for Nature as a means to curb poaching. See also Russia Tries to Save Polar Bears With Legal Hunt – New York Times