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Polar bear slain on Svalbard. Man kills bear in self-defence. They may look sweet and cuddly, but don’t be fooled; they can move very fast and are extremely effective killers. In fact, the law states that no one is go outside the main town of Longyearbyen without a rifle. Svalbardposten reports that the bear appeared whilst a member of the Hopen weather-station team was walking alone with his dog to the north of the station.

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Polar bear slain on Svalbard

Published on Sunday, 19th July, 2009 at 21:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Man kills bear in self-defence.

Polar bear: Ursus maritinus
Polar bear: Ursus maritinus
Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia


They may look sweet and cuddly, but don’t be fooled; they can move very fast and are extremely effective killers. In fact, the law states that no one is go outside the main town of Longyearbyen without a rifle.

Svalbardposten reports that the bear appeared whilst a member of the Hopen weather-station team was walking alone with his dog to the north of the station.

“He’d fired several warning shots with his rifle, without them stopping the bear. In the end, he felled it from 15 metres away” Per Andreassen, the police inspector on duty at the District Governor’s office tells the paper.

But the drama didn’t end there.

“Then he suddenly said: I have to end the call now as another bear is coming.”

The police then lost contact with him and flew to the area by helicopter. As it turned out, his Iridium phone had run out of battery, and they found the man alive and well in a local cabin

The bear, weighing just over 200 kilos, was taken to Longyearbyen.



Published on Sunday, 19th July, 2009 at 21:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: polar, bear, svalbard, longyearbyen, hopen, weather, station, rifle, self-defence, iridium.





  
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