Polar Bear Attacks British Campers Off Norway
Early Friday morning a group of about 13 campers were attacked by a polar bear. The polar bear killed one teen and injured more in the group before one of the members fatally shot the bear. The group was part of the British School Exploring Company. They had traveled to the Norwegian arctic and were aware of polar bears in the area. As a precaution most of the members had practiced with a high powered rifle and they had trip lines around their tents that would set off flares when triggered.
Svalbard archipelago is where the attack took place. Svalbard has a population of 2400 people and a polar bear population of 3000. In the area of the attack, Spitsbergen Island, there is not much food for the polar bears, and if hungry the polar bears will attack about anything. People in Svalbard are cautioned about polar bears as they can be extremely dangerous, and should always be armed and avoid confrontation with the bears. Those leaving the capital Longyearbyen are urged to carry high powered rifles. From YahooNews.com.