Huntsmen in Sakhalin placed fish in the forests, in an attempt to divert bears away from human settlements. Due to the excessive summer heat, the bears don’t have the required amount of subcutaneous fat, so, they increasingly encroach upon human habitations. Previously, game wardens in the region reported that bears are increasingly attacking dogs. The most dangerous situations are in Nevelsky and Kholmsky Raions and in the suburbs of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. So far, this year, wardens shot 25 bears that represented real threats to the population.
This summer’s hot weather led to low water levels in the rivers, killing fish due to a lack of water. The bears couldn’t find enough food, so they couldn’t accumulate sufficient fat for hibernation. At present, the bears are looking for food near towns and villages, rubbish tips, and country houses, and they go out onto the road to beg for food.
Annually, on Sakhalin, two to three cases of bear attacks against humans occur. In 2010, one person died from a bear attack. Since then, game wardens have killed about 20 bears that posed threats to local residents and that had attacked livestock.
In Sakhalin Oblast, bears live on the islands of Kunashir, Iturup, Paramushir, and Shumshu, and Sakhalin. These bears are some of the largest in the Far East; their body length reaches 3 metres (9.85 feet), and they can weigh up to 700 kilos (1,543 pounds). In nature, the bears live up to 45 years. There are 3,500 to 4,000 bears in Sakhalin Oblast.
10 November 2011
It’s Novem-bear… Septem-bear and Octo-bear have just passed, and Decem-bear’s on its way… remem-bear, “there’s bears in the gutter, and be careful not to utter a sound that might disturb them”.