According to state troopers, a polar bear attacked and killed two individuals in a rural community in western Alaska.
According to Alaska State Troopers, the attack was reported to them around 2:30 pm. KTUU reported on Tuesday in Wales, an area at the westernmost point of the Seward Peninsula.
According to the troopers’ report, the polar bear apparently invaded the neighborhood and chased several neighbors.
The bear killed an older female and a young male.
According to the troopers, a local man shot and killed the bear as it charged at the two.
The two victims killed’s names were kept a secret. Troopers stated that they were working to inform relatives.
Once the weather permits it, troopers and the state Department of Fish and Game are going to Wales, according to the dispatch.
About 150 people live in Wales, a small community located 161 kilometers (nearly 100 miles) northwest of Nome that is primarily Inupiaq.
In recent Alaskan history, fatal polar bear attacks have been extremely uncommon. In the town of Point Lay, further north of Wales, a polar bear murdered a man in 1990. Later, according to biologists, the animal displayed signs of malnutrition, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Scientists from Alaska at the U.S. In the 2019 Geological Survey discovered that changes in sea ice habitat had coincided with indications that polar bears were using land more frequently and that the likelihood of encountering one had increased.