Polar bear killed after attacking cruise line employee on Arctic archipelago

Arturo Kim
July 31, 2018

Animal rights activists are furious, after a German cruise ship employee shot and killed a polar bear in an island on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard on Saturday. He was not identified but officials said his wounds were non-life-threatening.

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. The team failed to spot that there was a bear on the shore and it charged the man.

The guard who was attacked, he said, had suffered head injuries but was now responsive and in "stable condition".

The victim, in his forties, was given first aid at the scene of the attack yesterday...

The polar bear involved in the attack was shot dead "in an act of self-defense", according to the company. The probe will include an examination of the polar bear.

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Rescue helicopters were sent from Longyearbyen, in Norway's Svalbard archipelago, on Saturday to respond to a report that a man had been injured by a bear.

In a statement, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said the ship, the Bremen, had landed on Spitsbergen, an island in the Svalbard archipelago, between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

"He was flown out, was responsive, and is now undergoing medical treatment", Etminan said, adding that the victim was not in a life-threatening condition.

Hapag-Lloyd assured the landing was not for polar bear observation as guests are only allowed to view the wild animals on board and from a safe distance. The polar bear responsible for the attack was shot and killed. "One of the guards was unexpectedly attacked by a polar bear that had not been spotted and he was unable to react himself".

Global warming is having a negative impact on polar bears. "When there's only 25,000 polar bears left on the planet, every one matters". "Customers need to start asking themselves if they feel good about a native bear being shot dead to enable their selfish intrusion into this attractive creature's home", wrote one upset poster.

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