Polar bear shot dead on Svalbard

A polar bear which Norwegian authorities said attacked and injured a cruise ship employee who was leading tourists off a cruise ship on an Arctic archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole is seen after being shot dead by another employee

The other guards shot the bear after trying unsuccessfully to evict the animal, the company said.

The injured man was flown to the town of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen island.

The worker, a designated polar bear guard, suffered a head injury as he led tourists off the ship and was unresponsive when he was airlifted for medical treatment, Sky News reported.

Norwegian authorities said a polar bear on Saturday attacked and injured a polar bear guard who was leading tourists off a cruise ship on an Arctic archipelago.

This is not the first time people are attacked by polar bears on Svalbard.

"The incident occurred when the four-person polar bear guard team, who are always on board for these expedition cruises as required by law, prepared for a shore leave", the company said.

Polar bear attacks cruise ship employee on Arctic island

The attack happened Saturday morning when a group of tourists went on shore from a cruise ship, the Joint Rescue Centre of Northern Norway informs.

"There are very strict rules here as the islands are visited by many polar bears in the summer, so we all need to be vigilant when we are ashore", a post by a guide on the company's website stated.

"He was flown out, was responsive, and is now undergoing medical treatment", spokeswoman Negar Etminan said of their employee, adding that the victim was not in a life-threatening condition. In 2015, Czech Jakub Moravec was pulled out of the tent by a polar bear, but escaped with slight damage.

A Hapag-Lloyd spokesman said the bear had been shot by the man's colleague "in an act of self-defence".

"British comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted: "'Let's get too close to a polar bear in its natural environment and then kill it if it gets too close.' Morons". "Landings are possible only in a few places".

Last month, a 31-year-old Canadian man was killed while protecting his children from a polar bear in a popular Canadian fishing and hunting spot. "They then set up a land station and check the area again to make sure that there are no polar bears in sight", the statement continues.



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