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There have been multiple sightings of bears emerging from hibernation in February and early March in Russia, Finland and the US, a situation apparently triggered by the mild winter experienced in many countries.

This winter was the warmest ever recorded in Europe “by far”, according to scientists, with the US just experiencing its hottest December and January on record.

Moscow Zoo has been preparing to deal with the emergence of two Himalayan bears a month early, while a grizzly bear sighting was reported on 3 March in Banff national park in Canada, the earliest such sighting in a decade.