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Polar bear in Advent­da­len

Again, the­re is a polar bear in Advent­da­len, not far from Lon­gye­ar­by­en. It was seen for the first time on Sunday near Ope­raf­jel­let by a group of hikers; the Sys­sel­man­nen deci­ded to pick up the group by heli­co­p­ter to be on the safe side.

Polar bear in Adventdalen, helicopter

Polar bear in Advent­da­len: a heli­co­p­ter is used to remo­ve an ana­es­the­ti­sed bear from the area (archi­ve image).

It is said that the polar bear in ques­ti­on is a lar­ge male, pos­si­b­ly the same ani­mal that was in the Advent­fjord area in sep­tem­ber. Attempts to sca­re it away with a heli­co­p­ter did not make much of an impres­si­on on the bear. As of Wed­nes­day, the polar bear was still in Advent­da­len, whe­re he was so far stay­ing wit­hin a limi­ted area. So far, the Sys­sel­man­nen has no plans to ana­es­the­ti­se the bear and to fly it out. It is assu­med that the bear will just con­ti­nue with his ever-las­ting search for food and move on soo­ner or later.

The public is asked to be awa­re and alert.

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