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Arctic natural reserve prepares infrastructure for polar bears’ inspectors

May 15, 2018, 17:05 UTC+3 TASS

A new wind generator will be installed

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TASS, May 15. The Wrangel Island natural reserve continues making infrastructures for inspectors, who watch the Chukotka-Alaska population of polar bears, the natural reserve’s Director Alexander Gruzdev told TASS.

"Last year, we made four wooden houses, not houses of sandwich panels, three of the houses are for accommodation, and the fourth is for household equipment," he said. "During the first winter, the houses proved to be reliable, and we shall continue watching them for two more winters to go."

"This year [2018], we shall continue making infrastructures for the inspectors - we shall install a new wind generator there," he added.

The previous wind generator turned out to be useless in strong winds, while the new equipment has been tested at northern shores and may produce about 1.5 kilowatts. This energy would be sufficient to charge batteries and light the rooms. The houses in the natural park are equipped with solar batteries.

During the current summer navigation, the national park will receive a Russian-made off-road vehicle and two quad bikes. The inspectors will use these vehicles to monitor and guard the Chukotka-Alaska population of polar bears, which is the biggest in the world. Scientists say, the population unites 3,300 animals.

The Wrangel Island national reserve’s area is 2.2 million hectares. The reserve is located in the Chukotka Autonomous Region.

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