Tag Archives: polar bear

Polar bear ransacks cabins at Kapp Laila; officials tranquilize it and fly it far north


A polar bear that ransacked several cabins at Kapp Laila was tranquilized and flown by helicopter to Nordaustlandet on Friday, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Random weirdness for the week of Jan. 31, 2017


The only thing worse than having somebody try to con us with “alternative facts” is having them succeed. Yup, we gobbled up the fiction in the photo above hook, line and sinker.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 23, 2016


Russians waited 12 hours to report fatal shooting of bear
A polar bear killed by a Russian researcher at Prins Karls Forland on Aug. 9 was shot from a distance of about 130 meters, according to The Governor of Svalbard. Scientists spotted the two-year-old female bear at that distance from their tent camp, with one of the researchers firing a warning shot with a flare gun before another researcher fired two shots with a rifle.

ALERT: Landslide, two polar bears across from Longyearbyen prompt travel warnings


A female polar bear and her cub spotted Saturday morning at Revneset, and a large landslide just beyond the cabin area across from Longyearbyen mean people venturing beyond town need to take extra precautions, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

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.

A criminal mistake? Prosecutors to weigh charges in shooting of bear at Austfjordnes that also resulted in death of cub


The case of fatal shooting of a female polar bear at the Austfjordnes trapping station last month, which resulted in the subsequent killing of her cub, is being sent to prosecutors in Tromsø to determine if criminal charges should be filed, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Female bear shot by trapper, cub euthanized by officials because it ‘has no chance of surviving without its mother’


A female polar bear was shot Monday by one of two trappers who just began a year’s stay at the Austfjordneset trappers’ cabin, with the bear’s cub subsequently euthanized by officials who said it had no chance of suriving, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of May 3, 2016


Polar bear spotted near town gets ticket to far northeast
A polar bear that wandered near Longyearbyen last Friday has been released  at Ringertzøya in Nordaustlandet, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Polar bear near Longyearbyen tranquilized, flown away from town by helicopter as scores of observers watch


A polar bear that approached Longyearbyen from Adventdalen early Friday afternoon was tranquilized and flown by helicopter from the area after it settled onto a shoreline across the channel from town near cabins and popular snowmobiling trails.

Officials kill polar bear shot by tour group after aggressive encounter at northern tip of Spitsbergen


A polar bear that reportedly approached and resisted efforts to be scared away from a Finnish tour group at the north tip of Spitsbergen was killed by officials Saturday after a member of the group shot the animal, wounding it but not killing it, according to The Governor of Svalbard.