Aggressive polar bears are holding a village hostage after forcing hundreds of frightened walruses to jump off 125 ft cliffs to their deaths.
About 20 bears have surrounded Ryrkaypiy in Russia, with one cub even trying to enter a house through the window.
A local wildlife official called the situation in the village, which has a population of just 601, “alarming”.
The polar bears were attracted by a walrus rookery in a special protection zone in the far eastern region of Chukotka.
Many of the frightened marine mammals fell off cliffs at Kozhevnikova Cape as they tried to flee, said one report.
“Several hundred fell to their deaths, and the polar bears then ate the carcasses,” reported The Siberian Times .
Now the other walruses have reportedly migrated away and the polar bears are encircling the village.
“Around 20 polar bears remain practically next to the village,” said the head of WWF project Polar Bear Patrol, Viktor Nikiforov.
“There is enough food for them (from the many fallen walruses), but several young bears approached to the houses out of curiosity.
“Three days ago, a bear squeezed in a window and tried to get inside. It’s clear that people are frightened.
“Locals are patrolling and scaring the polar bears away from homes when they approach.”
He added: “Up to 5,000 walruses were on the rookery, but there were a lot of dead animals – several hundred. Many crashed, falling from a height. Their rookery had attracted polar bears.
“The walruses were obviously frightened by the predators, panicked and fell from the top to their deaths.”