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Polar bear in Lon­gye­ar­by­en

Polar bears were seen in the vici­ni­ty of Lon­gye­ar­by­en seve­ral times during the last cou­ple of weeks, for exam­p­le in Hior­th­hamn, on the north side of Advent­fjord about 3 km from town, in late August, and in near­by Advent­da­len.

Last sun­day (12 Octo­ber) mor­ning, a polar bear was seen just east of Isdam­men, the lake east of Lon­gye­ar­by­en, near the road. But the “high­light” was cer­tain­ly the bear that actual­ly ente­red the lower part of Lon­gye­ar­by­en, near Advent­da­len, today (Wed­nes­day, 15 Octo­ber) in the ear­ly mor­ning. The polar bear came from Advent­fjord and wal­ked past Inge­niør Paul­sen (a shop) and to the row of resi­den­ti­al buil­dings east of Forsk­nings­par­ken (the UNIS/Svalhardmuseum buil­ding), wal­king direct­ly next to the hou­ses in vei 238, part­ly bet­ween them. Then, it went back into Advent­da­len, whe­re it was found by the poli­ce near the first dogyard, only a few 100 met­res from town. The Sys­sel­man­nen (poli­ce) scared the bear away and fol­lo­wed it for a while by heli­c­op­ter to make sure it would not return straigh­ta­way. It went into Mälard­a­len, a val­ley on the oppo­si­te side of Advent­da­len.

It was an unp­lea­sant sur­pri­se for the inha­bi­tants of the hou­ses in vei 238 to see the polar bear tracks whe­re some had been wal­king late­ly in the evening befo­re. The thought of sud­den­ly mee­ting a polar bear on the way home from school, work or the pub is quite unp­lea­sant. At least, most peo­p­le do not lock their doors, so in the worst case most hou­ses offer shel­ter in case it is urgen­tly nee­ded.

The Sys­sel­man­nen asks ever­y­bo­dy to be careful, espe­ci­al­ly as the dark sea­son is now start­ing and a bear may be dif­fi­cult or impos­si­ble to see befo­re it is actual­ly clo­se.

This time, the polar bear was not only in Hior­th­hamn, as in this pho­to from late August, but actual­ly in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, clo­se to Advent­da­len. It may have been the same indi­vi­du­al.

Polar bear near Longyearben

Quel­le: Sys­sel­man­nen



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last modification: 2014-10-15 · copyright: Rolf Stange