Tragedy struck the Inupiaq village of Wales, Alaska, on the afternoon of Jan. 17 when a polar bear charged into the neighborhood and attacked two individuals, killing them each. Alaska State Troopers obtained a report of the assault at round 2:30 p.m.
A dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers says that the polar bear “chased a number of residents” earlier than “it was shot and killed by an area resident because it attacked the pair.” The victims’ identities haven’t been launched and the Alaska Division of Public Security continues to be working to inform subsequent of kin.
Alaska State Troopers and officers from the Alaska Division of Recreation and Fish plan to journey to Wales because the climate permits. Subzero daytime temperatures and powerful winds are customary for the realm within the winter.
Wales is on the western coast of the Seward Peninsula, the place the westernmost level within the continental Americas is positioned. It’s a small neighborhood of about 150 individuals who largely lead subsistence-based existence.
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An estimated 4,000 to 7,000 polar bears reside in Alaska, according to the National Park Service. The inhabitants is considered break up between Krusenstern Nationwide Monument and Bering Land Bridge Nationwide Protect, which is positioned close to Wales. As local weather change melts sea ice at a sooner charge, polar bears have been documented shifting inland to search out meals. In some cases, they rub up in opposition to residential communities, which has resulted in a rise in encounters over the past decade.
This typically doesn’t finish effectively for the polar bears. In Could 2022, Canadian authorities dispatched a polar bear that had wandered into the Quebec city of Madeleine-Centre, solely 200 miles north of Maine. Authorities didn’t deem it secure to relocate the bear so that they euthanized it as a substitute.