SUMMER RERUNS: Polar bear again visits cabin area near Longyearbyen where sightings have occurred in recent days as well as past years

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A polar bear visiting and inflicting damage to a cabin near Longyearbyen on Wednesday night that was chased away by a rescue helicopter is believed to be the same one seen in the area that was also chased off during the weekend, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

“We’re not quite sure, but the polar bear has a similar injury to that of the Saturday bear, Police Chief Lt. Espen Olsen told Svalbardposten. “It is therefore obvious to think that it is the same bear.”

The bear damaged a door at a cabin at Hiorthhamn before the helicopter chased it off just before 11 p.m. Visits by one or more bears to the area across the bay from Longyearbyen are common during late summer, with many sightings believed to be the same bear over a period of years.

Officials are continuing to monitor the area, and residents both in Longyearbyen and the vicinity of the cabins have been posting recent sightings on social media at the time they happen.

 

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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