Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

International Francophone Games kick off in Abidjan

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Iran open to dialogue with Saudis, says top diplomat

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Spicer bows out of White House

Read more

FOCUS

Iraq's Mosul: Rebuilding a city fractured by sectarian mistrust

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Bistrot or bust? Why France's famed cafés are disappearing

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Afghans live in fear as kidnappings soar

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Kenya court rules Dubai firm can print presidential ballots

Read more

ENCORE!

Omar El Akkad's 'American War': A tale of US dystopia

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Exxon sues US over $2m fine for violating Russia sanctions

Read more

Siberian villages under curfew after bear invasion

Latest update : 2008-10-13

Around twenty brown bears looking for food in two Siberian villages have forced local authorities to impose a curfew. Bears have been roaming outside their natural forest environment this year due to a lack of berries and nuts.

Dozens of brown bears searching for food have forced two villages in a mountainous region of southern Russia to impose a curfew, Russian news agencies reported on Monday.

The inhabitants of Yailyu and Bele would no longer be able to leave their villages without an armed guard during the day and must stay in their homes at night, the reports quoted officials as saying.

Bears have left the forest because of a lack of berries and nuts this year and have terrorised villagers for days, killing cattle, destroying fences and attacking people, RIA Novosti news agency said.

The two villages are located in an Altai mountains national park and the decision to impose the curfew "was taken by the park's scientific council," Sergei Varganov, the chief forest warden, was quoted as saying.

The reports said that up to 20 bears roam the two villages at night.

Date created : 2008-10-13

COMMENT(S)