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POLAR BEAR GOES SWIMMING NEAR LONGYEARBYEN: Bear goes ashore at Revneset on Saturday night, officials follow it by helicopter without taking action as it moves away from town

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A polar bear came near Longyearbyen on Saturday night, taking a swim before going ashore at the cape across the bay on the west side of town, but officials from the governor’s office who responded by helicopter followed the bear as it moved away from town without need to sedate or take other protective measures.

The governor’s office was notified about the bear about 8:30 p.m. when it was seen swimming at Forkastningsfjellet, according to Svalbardposten. The bear went ashore at Revneset, where officials spotted it from the helicopter, keeping about a kilometer away from it at 1,000 meters in altitude.

“The bear turned quite quickly,” Police Chief Lt. Anders Haugerud told the newspaper. “It almost turned at the same time we took off. We followed it for one hour before leaving it at Carolineland. After that we do not know where it went, it disappeared into the fjord.”

Bears are frequently seen across the channel during summer and fall, on occasion ransacking cabins or causing other disturbances. They also occasionally visits the shores west of town, including one last summer who killed a man in his tent at Longyearbyen Camping.

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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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