Climate change making polar bears more aggressive
Last week, the World Wildlife Federation warned that changing ice conditions caused by climate change are making polar bears more aggressive, because their feeding patterns are being disrupted.
“This makes them particularly vulnerable, since animals in search of food lose their sense of danger, they enter villages and often attack people,” the WWF said in a statement.
So far this year, the residents of Chukotka in Russia’s Far East have had to shoot three unusually aggressive polar bears. In one attack, a polar bear killed a 15-year-old girl.
Experts recommend that if you are in danger of being attacked by a polar bear, hold your arms high above your head. This will make you look like a much bigger animal to the polar bear. You should continue to talk to the polar bear and slowly back away. If you run, the polar bear will chase you.
However, if the polar bear comes for you, drop down. Cover you head and neck with your hands. Keep curled up to protect your back. Even if the polar bear bites you, continue to play dead because once he realizes that you are not a threat he may leave. If he does not stop, fight back and make as much noise as possible.
A firearm in the hands of a skilled hunter is probably the best defence against a polar bear.