Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Polar Bear Killed After Attacking Cruise Ship Worker In Arctic

Polar Bear Killed After Attacking Cruise Ship Worker In Arctic

The man was injured after the polar bear attacked him whilst he was leading a group of tourists to a remote Arctic archipelago on an apparent sightseeing tour, Norwegian authorities have confirmed.

He was accompanying a tourist expedition from the MS Bremen of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises on Saturday. "He is out of danger, with no threat to life", Hapag-Lloyd Crusises posted.

That's what makes the shooting and killing of a polar bear in Norway's Svalbard archipelago, within the Arctic Circle, all the more infuriating.

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.

The comedian and animal lover also tweeted his anger over the polar bear shooting saying, "Let's get too close to a polar bear in its natural environment and then kill it if it gets too close".

A polar bear was shot and killed in Norway after attacking a polar bear guard. The polar bear was shot dead. "As soon as such an animal approaches, the shore leave would be stopped immediately".

Polar bears have been protected in Norway since 1973 and almost 1,000 were counted on Svalbard during a 2015 census.

The animal attacked the guard after the boat docked at the island, with the two men reaching land before the tourists.

Officials in Svalbard frequently issue warnings about the dangers posed by polar bears. In 2008 polar bears were listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act because of forecasted impacts of climate change.

"Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is very aware of its responsibility when traveling in environmentally sensitive areas and respects all nature and wildlife", the company statement said.

Given that the current "population status" of polar bears is listed as "vulnerable" due to their decreasing number, it is perhaps not surprising that the company has come under intense fire for how the incident played out.

One user suggested: "If you need a 4-person polar bear guard team perhaps you should not be visiting here".

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