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Polar bear in a tangle on Wrangel when it comes scavenging for food

By The Siberian Times reporter
05 November 2019

The predator is chased away by dog and man with stick as it comes too close for comfort.

The inquisitive three year old female polar bear showed no fear in coming close in search of food. Picture: The Siberian Times

The video is from a remote outpost on Arctic island Wrangel posted by a visitor.

The inquisitive three year old female polar bear showed no fear in coming close in search of food.

She retreated without a fight when the dog and the man with the stick made clear she was not welcome. 

Polar bear in a tangle on Wrangel when it comes scavenging for food


Polar bear in a tangle on Wrangel when it comes scavenging for food


Polar bear in a tangle on Wrangel when it comes scavenging for food


Polar bear in a tangle on Wrangel when it comes scavenging for food
The polar bear chase. Picture: The Siberian Times


'I saw a bear and decided to film it. Just then a local Chukchi man and his dog ran out, forcing the bear to retreat', said our source. 

'Here at Wrangel we see quite a lot of bears. It makes you feel scared at first, but then you get used to seeing them this close. 

'This particular bear is female, she is about three years old.'

The polar bear chase. Video: The Siberian Times

The island between the Chukchi and East Siberian seas has a polar bear population of around 600, the highest concentration anywhere in the world. 

The island is a nature reserve but also has a Russian military base.

It is the last known habitat of the woolly mammoth. 

Comments (8)

James, Alaska

There are three Wrangell Islands in Alaska. All are spelled as “Wrangell”. There are five Wrangell Islands In the world.

It was on December 17, 1883, that US Senator Benj. Harrison express the desire to attorney Major Ezra W. Clark, Jr. that he want that Wrangell Island which was also known as New Columbia Land to be added to Alaska. That was
done on May 17, 1884.
Mark Seidenberg, Bakersfield, California
07/11/2019 07:45
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This article is titled: "Polar bear in a tangle when on Wrangel when it comes scavenging for food". and I believe that although the comments above are interesting from a geographial and historical point of view, it is not the message this article wishes to bring to the public.

This article poves that both human and wild life can successfully cohabit when the general public are properly educated and show no fear, in responding to any threat. In both cases the parties involved are simply protecting their territory and have the right to do so without killing or cruel methods.

There was an awful case of unnessary cruelty to a polar bear in 2016, on this Island which is also a nature reserve and the Russian Authorities severely punished the perpetrator.

Unfortunately due to all the various factors influencing wild life behaviour, there will be more and more cohabitaion necessary for all species to survive.

Polar bears amongst others like the Siberian Tiger are endangered species and are protected in Russia.

Congratulations and thank you to Russia for being a world leader and perfect example in Nature Conservation.
Anonymous, Switzerland
12/11/2019 03:29
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James, Alaska.

Again there are five islands in the world that are all named after the same person who served as an Admiral in the Russian Navy. Three of these islands are in Alaska. One of these three is this one. The United States Board on Geographic Names by resolution of 29 July 1901 set the spelling of all three Alaska “Wrangell” Islands. By that spelling we call these islands. Spell the name as “Wrangel” (sic.) is just a spelling error. This islands former name is New Columbia Land”. This island was added to the District of Alaska on 17 May 1884 by the Alaska Board of the United States Department of the Treasury.

Mark Seidenberg, Bakersfield, California
08/11/2019 09:01
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Mark
Google earth and you will find the right Wrangel.You are right about the history of the other Wrangell.Polar bears live far north.I live mid west coast of Alaska and have not seen 1 in my life.
James, Alaska
08/11/2019 02:19
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Sorry Jocelyne.
That was to Mark from California.
James, Alaska
07/11/2019 04:41
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Jocelyne
Wrangell island in Alaska is down in the panhandle of Alaska.Way too far down south for any polar bear to be.
Wrangel in Russia-is in the Chukchi sea,well above the arctic circle north of mainland of Russia.
Chukotka Autonomous Okrug Chukchi sea.
James, Alaska
07/11/2019 04:36
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... Umka ..
Jocelyne, FRANCE
06/11/2019 21:33
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It was on 12 August 1881 that New Columbia Land was annexed by the United States Government. That name was changed to Wrangell Island on 29 July 1901 by the United States Board on Geographic Names. Wrangell Island was added to the District of Alaska on 17 May 1884, under the terms of the “Harrison Alaska Organic Act” as “territory known as a Alaska” by the Alaska Board of the United States Department of the Treasury. On 1 April 1924
the owner of Wrangell Island was the “Lomen Brothers Company” of Nome, Alaska. Also on 1 April 1924, Della Adams was born on Wrangell Island.
Mark Seidenberg, Escondido, California
06/11/2019 07:40
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