Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Polar bear shot dead after attacking cruise ship worker in Arctic

Polar bear shot dead after attacking cruise ship worker in Arctic

A polar bear was shot and killed in Norway after attacking a polar bear guard.

A polar bear was shot and killed after attacking a cruise ship guard on an archipelago in Norway.

The condition for the injured person, who was transported back to Longyearbyen by helicopter, is reported to be stable. "In an act of self-defence, unfortunately, it was necessary for the polar bear to be shot dead".

He was accompanying a tourist expedition from the MS Bremen of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises on Saturday (July 28).

An estimated 60% of it is covered with ice, and its 3,000 polar bears are said to outnumber the human population.

He suffered a head injury, the cruise company said. "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.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises released a statement on Sunday morning following a weekend incident that left a polar bear dead in Spitsbergen.

The company issued a statement apologizing for the incident and saying " Hapag-Lloyd Cruises very aware of its responsibility when travelling in environmentally-sensitive areas and respects all nature and wildlife". "He was flown out, was responsive, and is now undergoing medical treatment".

According to Hapag-Llyod Cruises, the incident occurred when the four-person polar bear guard team was preparing for a shore leave.

A polar bear was killed after attacking a polar bear guard who was leading tourists off a cruise ship on the Svalbard archipelago archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole on Saturday.

"Polar bears are only observed from aboard ships, from a safe distance", the company says.

Reaction to the death of this polar bear has been swift.

Arctic tourism to the region has risen sharply in the past few years and is now in high season, as people travel to visit the remote terrain, glaciers, reindeer and polar bears.

On Twitter, there's been outrage over human intrusion of the polar bear's natural habitat.

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