Alaska: A polar bear attacks a village, killing a woman and a boy

Alaska: A polar bear attacks a village, killing a woman and a boy

A woman and a child were killed Tuesday in a polar bear attack in a remote village on Alaska’s west coast, state officials said, in an extremely rare occurrence.

“Initial reports say the bear has invaded Wales, a small, mostly Aboriginal village on the banks of the Bering Strait, “and has been chasing several residents,” State Police said in a statement.

“The bear attacked and killed a woman and a male minor” before the animal was “shot by a local resident,” police added, adding that police and specialized officers should go to the scene “as soon as weather conditions permit.” “. .

The increasing frequency of attacks

The Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s leading newspaper, cites a deadly polar bear attack in the state in 1990. According to the NGO Polar Bears International, a total of 73 polar bear attacks killed 20 people between 1870 and 2014 and the frequency of the attacks is increasing.

In Alaska, polar bears are found only on the extreme north and west coasts of the state. Climate change, which is melting its main habitat, the pack ice, is threatening the bear species.