An extinct white bear was spotted in a Russian industrial city away from home.
Norilsk officials have warned residents Tuesday that a bear has been spotted crossing the city's streets far south of its regular hunting grounds. 19659003] Anatoly Nikolaychuk, head of the local hunting economy, told Tas agency that the last time the polar bear was seen in the Norilsk region more than 40 years ago
he said local authorities would decide whether they could grab the animal and move it to the north.
The hungry bear was about 900 miles south of its normal habitat, according to local reports.
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According to nature conservationists, wild animals suffer from a shrinking hunting environment and the weakening Arctic ice is getting warmer. This changing climate has forced some of them to head south to find food.
Polar bears are "highly vulnerable" in the changing climate due to their dependence on sea ice, according to the World Wildlife Fund. "Climate-related polar bear conservation priorities need to identify and protect the" last ice regions, "the parts of the Arctic that are expected to keep the sea ice farther in the future, the organization says.
19659003] A local resident who shot the bear told the Siberian Times that the animal does not look so good
"He is seriously bitten by hunger, barely blinking and keeping his eyes open, almost unable to walk" , said Irina Yarinska for the Siberian Times. "He lay for a long time, resting, then crossing the road and entered the industrial zone. "
The strange images of the polar bear appeared the same week when the photos showed that the dogs were" on the water "because of the warming conditions
The Associated Press contributed to this report .