By Joshua Manning • 09 August 2022 • 12:09
Polar bear attacks French tourist in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago Vaclav Sebek/Shutterstock.com
The French woman had been attacked by the polar bear in Norway’s Svalbard after going on an expedition with 25 people in the the west of the Norwegian Arctic territory, located approximately 1,000 kilometres from the North Pole.
“A bear entered a camp this morning at around 6:30. am (local time) and injured a French national in the arm,” local police chief Stein Olav Bredli told AFP. “Her life is not in danger,” he added.
“There were shots at the polar bear, which got scared and left the place.”
The French tourist was rescued by helicopter and taken to the hospital in Longyearbyen, the archipelago’s main town.
The wounded animal was later located by authorities and was sacrificed due to the magnitude of the injuries it sustained.
A male polar bear can weigh anywhere between 300 and 600 kilos, while the female weighs roughly half the amount.
To be prepared for a possible encounter with bears, in Svalbard it is mandatory to carry a rifle when leaving urban communities, as reported by Observador.
The news follows reports of Moscow sending veterinarians to help save a polar bear in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region, that had a can of condensed milk stuck to its mouth, as reported on Wednesday, July 20.
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Questions should be asked of the French tour company and the Svalbard Governors office Sysselman concerning why this group in Sveasletta was sleeping without having a armed guard, and why they did not take extra measures when they should have known another tour camp in the vicinity recently had a second tent without people but holding food was raided by a bear.
In addition past misdeeds by this tour company leads one to question why they are still allowed to run tourist trips on Salvard. Going to and touring on Svalbard should be considered a privilege. If they are not willing to do this safely many people are now saying this type of wilderness camping should not be allowed for anyone and any bear coming near humans should be killed. This would be a tragedy, better would be to weed out the problem groups, not stop all tour groups.
Also remember that since 1870 only 20 people have been killed by bears.
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