Polar bear shot dead after attacking cruise liner guard

Photo inscription An estimated 3,000 polar bears enjoy Svalbard’s icy climates

A polar bear has actually been shot dead after it assaulted a cruise liner guard on Norway’s Svalbard island chain, within the Arctic Circle.The guard endured non-life-threatening head injuries as well as is said to be in a steady condition.He was assigned to protect vacationers that had actually come down on Svalbard’s northern most island from the MS Bremen, which is operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.The German cruise ship business said a 2nd guard fired the bear “in self-defence”.

The damaged man was airlifted to health center in the community of Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen island.Svalbard is a wild of glaciers and also ice caps that exists between Norway as well as the North Pole.An approximated 60%of

it is covered with ice, and its 3,000 polar bears are said to surpass the human population.Image copyright

Reuters Image caption Cruise ship business Hapag-Lloyd claimed the bear was shot in” self-defence “All ships in the location are obliged to employ bear guards to safeguard passengers on sightseeing excursion.”There are

extremely rigorous rules below as the islands are checked out by lots of polar bears in the summertime, so most of us need to be watchful when we

are onto land,” one guide wrote in a blog post on Hapag-Lloyd’s website.Critics online, consisting of British comic Ricky Gervais, blamed the attack on human intrusion into polar bear territories.”This tale is abhorrent, “composed tweeter @nicell70.”Slaughtering an endangered wild animal in its natural environment which was being invaded by gluttonous exploitative people

.”The bears’practices has been changed by the warming Arctic, where reducing sea ice indicates they invest more time on land and also are compelled

to search over higher distances.The Associated Press reports that 18 cruise ships are readied to dock this week in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s biggest settlement.