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Svalbard polar bear succumbs to Pole. A polar bear in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has been at the centre of a murder mystery, but police believe they’ve now got their man. Baffled local authorities discovered the dead 10-year-old male bear last week in Hornsund on Spitsbergen’s west coast, and preliminary investigations gave few clues as to who shot it. It now turns out the animal had been bothering a group of Polish researchers at the beginning of the month, and had made several attempts to get into their cabin at Hyttevika.

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Svalbard polar bear succumbs to Pole

Published on Wednesday, 28th July, 2010 at 18:12 under the news category, by Inez Dawczyk and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 1st August 2010 at 12:20.

A polar bear in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has been at the centre of a murder mystery, but police believe they’ve now got their man.

A polar bear (Ursus Maritimus)
A polar bear (Ursus Maritimus)
Photo: opencage.info


Baffled local authorities discovered the dead 10-year-old male bear last week in Hornsund on Spitsbergen’s west coast, and preliminary investigations gave few clues as to who shot it.

It now turns out the animal had been bothering a group of Polish researchers at the beginning of the month, and had made several attempts to get into their cabin at Hyttevika.

One of the scientists fired what was intended as a warning shot to frighten the animal away but didn’t report it because it appeared to be uninjured at the time, according to Per Andreassen at the Governor of Svalbard’s office.

“So far, investigations have revealed that they didn’t realize they’d hit the bear. After what turned out to be the fatal shot, it ran off and swam out to sea before it swung into the shore and climbed up the slope. They saw the bear moving normally,” he tells NRK.

The Polish researcher now faces a jail sentence of up to three years. Polar bears have been a protected species in Norway since 1973.

“It’s illegal to kill polar bears, but there’s no requirement to report frightening them. The scientist has thought all along he didn’t hit the bear,” Andreassen tells Nordlys.



Published on Wednesday, 28th July, 2010 at 18:12 under the news category, by Inez Dawczyk and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 1st August 2010 at 12:20.

This post has the following tags: svalbard, spitsbergen, polar, bear, shot, killed, wounded, polish, scientist, researcher, gun, per, andreassen, jail, prison, illegal.





  
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