Tag Archives: polar bears

Some locals are thinking about offering Canadian polar beat meat on menus. It isn’t going over well among residents here

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It’s much fattier than beef and the liver is fatal (years ago the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel used to issue certificates to guests who had “eaten a polar bear entirely at their own risk”). But a cluster of Longyearbyen residents are feeling serious indigestion without taking a bite of it in reaction to a suggestion the meat could again appear on local menus.

Behaving badly near bears: Governor considers access restrictions due to high snowmobile traffic disrupting wildlife

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Imposing access restrictions on popular fjords where numerous polar bears have been observed is being considered by The Governor of Svalbard due to high numbers of snowmobilers, some of whom are violating rules prohibiting disturbing the animals.

SPECIAL REPORT: Polarizing polar bears – unmasking a proxy war strategy by online climate change denialists

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By Paul Rosenberg
Senior Editor, Random Lengths News

In early December, a video of a dying, emaciated polar bear, foraging for food on an iceless land, went viral on social media. The video garnered millions of views on Facebook and YouTube. For most, it was a vivid signal of the future in store for us all due to human-caused (anthropogenic) global warming ― rising temperatures due to increased carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases. For those who deny or minimize the existence of anthropogenic global warming it wasn’t a polar bear, but a red herring (“Propaganda,” one YouTube viewer called it) — no one knows why it was dying, much less if it can be connected to global warming.

That’s true, but also a bit beside the point.

Fake fur: Course simulating polar bear attacks and proper responses tests induces fear and chills

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Feel like you’re fine going out in the winter wilderness because you’re a decent shot at the target range?  How about when you’re panicked and winded, and have to turn quickly to shoot an attacking moving target with just your mounted flashlight as a visual aid in pitch blackness?

Fright night frights: Persistent polar bear family makes another visit near Longyearbyen, governor issues travel warning

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A mother polar bear and two cubs who have visited the vicinity of Longyearbyen repeatedly during the past month was sighted in Hiorthhamn moving toward Adventdalen late Friday afternoon, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

“The governor encourages everyone to exercise caution when entering the terrain and to take precautionary measures with regard to polar bears,” a prepared statement notes.

Persistent summer visitors: Mother polar bear and cubs spotted in Adventdalen, governor closes area to traffic

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A mother polar bear and her two cubs – and there’s no official word on if they’re the same visitors spotted near Longyearbyen a few days ago – wandered into Adventdalen on Sunday afternoon, prompting The Governor of Svalbard to close a portion of the area to public traffic.

Just the usual summer visit: Mother polar bear returns to familiar turf near Longyearbyen w/ cubs before being chased away

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A mother polar bear and two cubs lingering for several hours in a cabin area across the channel from Longyearbyen were chased away Thursday evening using a helicopter, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Costly chase: Snowmobile guide fined 12K for disrupting polar bear; governor threatens travel ban where animals are

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A tour guide has been fined 12,000 kroner – and future tours are facing an arguably much harsher penalty – after disrupting a polar bear by leading a snowmobiling group too close to the animal, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Feb. 14, 2017

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UNIS boat trip that stranded occupants may have violated law
The malfunction of a boat that left 12 students and staff from The University Centre in Svalbard stranded for hours on the icy sea between Barentsburg and Longyearbyen last month will be investigated by The Norwegian Maritime Authority.

Random weirdness for the week of Jan. 31, 2017

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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.