The autumn monitoring of the polar bear on the coast of the East Siberian Sea has been completed
A total of 25 individuals of different ages were observed. The environmental inspectors noted that most of the animals were well-fed, and the special feature of this season was that some of them went far from the coast into the tundra.
The state inspectors of nature protection of the Directorate of Bioresources and PAs of the Ministry of Environment of the RS (Y), Ruslan Sleptsov and Vyacheslav Sleptsov, within the implementation of the 'Environmental Protection of the RS (Y)' State Program and the WWF project of Russia 'Bear Patrol’ have monitored the polar bear on the East Siberian Sea coast in the area of Cape Krestovy at the Kurdigino-Krestovaya Resource Reserve of Nizhnekolymsky District. They monitored the autumn movement of the species during September-November.
During the observation period, 25 polar bears were visually observed, including five she-bears with offspring - six bears of the first year of birth and two in the second year. With the exception of one very thin big bear, all animals were of normal fatness.
Bears began to appear from September 18. In the current year, the air temperature since the beginning of frosts has steadily dropped. Ice on the sea began to form from October 20, and by November 2, the bears were able to leave the mainland.
A characteristic feature of this season was the exodus of some individuals of polar bears into the depths of the tundra, traces of uneven-aged animals were found at a distance of 5-25 km from the coast. On the section from Cape Krestovy to the Galgavaam river there are traces of four solitary bears at a distance of 5-13 km from the sea. Traces of a she-bear with a bear cub of the first year of birth and a single big bear are discovered along the Chukochy River 25 km from the sea coast.
Most of the passing animals did not create any particular problems for people, but several times they had to use rockets to scare animals away.
In the course of monitoring, a quadcopter was used, acquired by WWF Russia to improve the technical capabilities of state inspectors of the Directorate of Bioresources and PAs in Nizhnekolymsky district, who observed the polar bear, reported the press service of the Ministry of Environment of RS (Y).