A gang of killer polar bears have ‘besieged’ a remote Arctic weather station trapping a team of scientists inside.
The 10 hungry adult bears have already killed a dog belonging to the researchers and continue to circle the outpost on Troynoy Island, Russia.
According to the news agency TASS, a giant female polar bear keeps watch at night outside their base, making it extremely dangerous for the five scientists to exit.
Russian law prohibits the slaying of polar bears which are an endangered species, meaning the scientists have to use flares and rubber bullets to scare off the giant flesh eating beasts.
Vassiliy Shevchenko, who is in charge of maintaining the weather station, said a supply ship, carrying more dogs, is on its way.
He said: “Instructions were given to the Mikhail Somov expedition vessel that will reach the station in about a month to deliver dogs, as one of the station’s canines was killed by a bear, and also deliver flares and other pyrotechnical devices needed to scare the animals away.”
Shevchenko said he expects the bears to leave the area by the end of October, when the waters off the island freeze.
Last year, a similar scenario played out when five hulking polar bears terrorized a Russian weather station on Vaygach.
One of the scientists spoke to the Siberian Times about the hungry animals’ reign of terror.
He said: “They sleep near the houses. Two of them walk together. They are aggressive. Recently they fought together near our house.”
The scared egg-head also described having to conduct research while being tracked by the lethal mammals.
He said: “So we go, your head rotating 360 degrees. Yesterday we came out and a bear was near the house.
“Three times our engineer fired a small flare pistol, and the bear was not even scared. We managed to scare it off with a flare, but not far.”
Artic outposts often attract hungry bears as waste is hard to dispose of.
The Washington Post reports that climate change has also intensified the phenomenon with melting sea ice and shifting patterns of marine prey forcing the polar beasts to travel further for food.
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