Polar Bears Lay Siege to Russian Weather Station

3 trapped workers have no weapons, and flares have proved ineffective
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2015 6:57 PM CDT
Like this, but terrorizing Russian scientists.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Like a combination of The Grey and The Thing that we would definitely watch, a group of polar bears has trapped three Russian scientists inside a remote weather station with no weapons and no clear idea of when help will arrive, CBS News reports. The Russians—two meteorologists and an engineer—are supposed to be taking readings from the sea off the country's north coast, but they can no longer go outside because of bears sleeping and fighting near the station. They've attempted to use flares to scare off the bears, but it hasn't worked, and Russian officials are apparently planning a rescue operation. The World Wildlife Fund says the bears are being aggressive because they are competing for food. And the BBC reports bear attacks on humans are on the rise in recent years. (Read more polar bear stories.)

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