How can we protect the polar bear during this difficult period? In 2006, the World Wildlife Fund started the Bear Patrol project, which helps inhabitants of several small coastal villages in Chukotka to resolve the problem of the autumn incursion of polar bears. Today, the project encompasses the coast of the Russian Arctic from Kolguyev  Island in the west to the Bering Strait in the east. The locals who participate in the project, as well as their relatives and friends, are learning more about this living symbol of the Arctic. They understand their responsibility for the preservation of this unique animal. At present the Bear Patrol network includes 14 settlements, five meteorological stations and four  protected nature areas. Up to 40 people simultaneously take part in the field work for Bear Patrol.

During the years that the project has been in existence, the patrolmen have succeeded in protecting dozens of polar bears from the bullets of poachers, and two new protected areas have been set up for the conservation of sites where polar bears build dens for birthing. Much work has been done to educate the residents of coastal villages about ecology, to drive away polar bears from human settlements and to prevent conflicts between the animals and humans. Our patrolmen work in severe Arctic conditions, often dozens or hundreds of kilometers away from human settlements. Their work would be impossible without the support of nature lovers. We are thankful to our friends who have been helping our team for several years now to acquire modern snowmobiles and organize raids for polar bear protection. Only by working together can we help these splendid and unique creatures survive.

You can read more about our field work in this report

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