The bear entered the town of Wills in western Alaska, went on a rampage and was shot.
Polar bear (photo: screenshot, from Facebook)
A child and a woman were killed yesterday by a polar bear after it chased others and other residents in a small, remote community in Alaska.
Officials in the country reported this today (Wednesday).
According to the investigation report of the case, the bear entered the town of Wills in western Alaska, began to go on a rampage and was shot by another resident while attacking the two.
The identity of the victims has not yet been released.
The town of Wales is on the coast of western Alaska and its population is only 168 people according to the US census.
In 1990, the last polar bear attack in the area took place, during which a man was killed in a village north of Wales, the village of Point Lee.
Biologists later said the animal showed signs of starvation.
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Encounters between polar bears and humans are becoming more likely.
A polar bear with a can stuck in his mouth (photo: screenshot, Siberia Times)
Polar bear attacks on humans are extremely rare according to a study published in 2017, according to which it was found that between the years 1870 and 2014 only 73 attacks were recorded, spread over 5 countries;
Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia and the United States, resulting in the death of 20 people, and the fatal injury of 63 others.
However, the extreme climate change makes these encounters, between the bears and the humans, more frequent;
The ice melts earlier and freezes later - thus keeping the bears on land longer.