ALERT – POLAR BEAR IN BJØRNDALEN: Bear seen near cabins just before 5 p.m.; govenor sends helicopter in response

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While no bears have been at or attacked people at Longyearbyen Camping since it opened in 1975, there have been multiple occasions when bears have been close by, including the end of December of 2019 when one was seen repeatedly in an area just west of the campsite. Map by the Norwegian Polar Institute.

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Update 10 a.m. Tuesday: “A polar bear was observed on Vestpynten at 6:30 a.m.,” the governor announced in an update. “The bear went into the sea and is swimming in a northernly direction. The governor has been out with a helicopter and police, and is following the situation.”

Update 9:20 p.m. Monday: The governor says “the polar bear is still well outside the cabin area in Bjørndalen. The governor is following the situation and will, for security reasons, have a police patrol in the city tomorrow morning. The governor will then send out a helicopter and try to push the bear away from the nearby areas of Longyearbyen. We ask people to be aware of the current polar bear situation and take their precautions.”

Original story: A polar bear spotted near cabins in Bjørndalen, west of Svalbard Airport, just before 5 p.m. appears to be moving further from the shore into the valley and is being tracked by a helicopter and police, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

“We urge people to stay away from the area,” an alert issued by the governor states.

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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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