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Trappings of prowler: Polar bear killed by Russian researcher is fourth to die in four months; one person punished to date


A polar bear shot Tuesday by a Russian scientist at Selvågen on Prins Karls Forland is the fourth bear killed in four months due to encounters with humans, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Jan. 26, 2016


Priest voted Svalbard person of the year for historic work
Svalbard Church Leif Magne Helgesen has been selected by Svalbardposten readers as Svalbard’s person of the year for 2015. He has been involved in a number of local and global events of historic significance during the past year, including spending the summer helping to keep Israeli soldiers from demolishing a Palestinian village in the West Bank, leading calls for action by the church and others to combat climate change, and serving as one of the most prominent caregivers and spokespeople for the community following the Dec. 19 avalanche.