Polar bear shot and killed after injuring cruise ship guard

The polar bear was shot dead

The incident took place on Saturday in Svalbard, located between Norway and the North Pole above the Arctic Circle, after the MS Bremen docked at the remote port. In an act of self-defence, unfortunately, it was necessary for the polar bear to be shot dead. "He was flown out, was responsive, and is now undergoing medical treatment", Etminan said, adding that he was not in a life-threatening condition.

The injured man was flown to the town of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen island. His identity was not released.

A polar bear lies dead after being gunned down following an attack on a cruise ship employee on Norway's Spitzbergen island.

"He is out of danger, with no threat to life", the post reads. The first guard apparently did not see the bear, which then attacked him and injured him "on his head". His condition has not been made available, but the spokeswoman said he was "responsive".

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A polar bear was shot and killed after attacking a cruise ship guard on an Arctic archipelago in Norway on Saturday. To prepare for a shore leave, the polar bear guards go ashore in advance after sighting the landing site as a group and without passengers. The other guards shot the bear after trying unsuccessfully to evict the animal, the company said. "They then set up a land station and check the area again to make sure that there are no polar bears in sight", the statement continues. "We are extremely sorry that this incident has happened".

In 1995, Nina Jeanette Olaussen, 22, from Oslo was attacked and killed by polar bear on Platafjellet, just west of Longyearbyen, and just five months later Helmer Kristian Kristensen from Tromso was exposed to the same fate, Aftenposten wrote.

Polar bear behaviour has changed in recent years as a result of increasing human encroachment on their territory, and a British student was killed by one during a field trip in 2011.

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