The bears are coming into human settlements as their habitat is affected by climate change and they are forced on land to hunt for food. Rubber bullets can also be used.
"The emergency situation was caused by the mass invasion of polar bears in residential areas", it said. "Parents are unwilling to let their children go to school or nursery", officials said in a statement. There are reports that the bears are facing a cull, despite polar bears being listed as a threatened species - the worldwide population is estimated at 26,000.
Authorities have had a hard time corralling the animals and luring them away from the village: The bears failed to respond to police patrols and signals that could potentially scare them off, according to the BBC, and it's illegal to shoot them, owing to their endangered status.
"There were instances of aggression from the wild animals, attacks on people and breaking into living and working quarters", the Arkhangelsk regional government said in a statement announcing the emergency Saturday.
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Experts are reportedly being brought in to try to deal with the problem - though we all know the problem is much bigger than just these bears. "They migrate through Novaya Zemlya heading north, where the ice is solid", Ilya Mordvintsev, a lead researcher at the Severtsev Institute of Ecology and Evolution, told TASS.
And neither are ill-advised human actions that can lure the bears.
Such restrictions are meant to prevent just the sort of encounters that are now terrorizing the settlement.
Photos of the bears roaming the town and rummaging for food have been posted on social media, too.