Tag Archives: polar bears

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.

Runway incursion: Polar bear family visits Svea airport, chased away with fire truck

A mother polar bear and two cubs who’ve made several visits in or near Longyearbyen appear to be expanding their tour of Svalbard’s settlements as a trio of bears assumed to be the same animals wandered onto the airstrip at Svea on Friday morning, according to officials.

A bear of an all-nighter: Trio of polar bears return to town Sunday, officials ‘chase them as far as possible’

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OK, this time they’ve really been chased far enough away from town to keep them from returning.

Or so say/hope officials working for The Governor of Svalbard who spent all of Sunday night chasing a mother polar bear and her two cubs from dog kennels at the edge of Longyearbyen all the way to Van Mijenfjorden. The coast of the fjord south of town is perhaps 40 kilometers away as the crow flies – but a lot longer for bears, snowmobiles and others navigating the highly mountainous terrain.

ALERT: Polar bear tracks spotted at UNIS early Tuesday morning; storm making monitoring animals difficult

Tracks from a mother polar bear and two cubs were discovered within the city limits of Longyearbyen early Tuesday morning, the latest of several visits near town since Friday despite efforts by officials to chase the animals away, according to residents and The Governor of Svalbard.

Bears are back: Mother, two cubs return to Mine 7 Monday after long effort to chase them far from town

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A mother polar bear and two cubs that have twice been chased away from areas near Longyearbyen since Saturday were spotted on the Mine 7 mountain late Monday morning, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

A long Sunday drive: Officials chase trio of bears a far distance after they return near Longyearbyen

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Update 5 p.m. Sunday: The three polar bears that wandered near Longyearbyen twice during the weekend have been chased far from town by officials, who say they are ceasing active monitoring of the area, but travelers are still being urged to exercise caution and report any sightings.

Original story: A mother polar bear and her two cubs who returned to an area near Longyearbyen on Sunday after being chased away Saturday are being chased even further away by officials using a helicopter and snowmobiles, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Friday night fright: Governor chases away mother polar bear, two cubs near Longyearbyen

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A mother polar bear and two cubs whose tracks were seen headed toward Longyearbyen on Friday afternoon were chased away from a heavily traveled area about 10 kilometers east of town shortly after midnight, according to The Governor of Svalbard. Officials plan to check the area again Saturday and are urging travelers to take precautions.

Random weirdness for the week of Oct. 25, 2016

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For those 30 folks (including our vagabond editor) who got hastily tossed out of Gamle Sickhuset this year because the building was unsafe, get ready for your revenge. No, there’s still no payout from any of the parties that allowed that clusterchuck to happen. But they’ll be able to use the collapsing former hospital as a demolision target and/or crash barrier in the upcoming video game Asphalt Xtreme.

Polar bears return to Hiorthhamn; governor uses helicopter and boat to scare them away

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A mother polar bear and her cub that trapped a couple in their cabin and disrupted an archaeological site returned to the cabin area at Hiorthhamn across the channel from Longyearbyen for several hours Tuesday before being chased away, according to the Governor of Svalbard.

Bear of a trip: Mother polar bear and cubs force participants in governor’s annual cleanup cruise to flee

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An undeniably trashy trip had an exciting ending as participants in The Governor of Svalbard’s annual cleanup cruise had to flee a beach when a polar bear family waddled nearby.