06 Aug '11, 3pm

Polar Bear Kills Teenage Boy

Polar Bear Kills Teenage Boy

Dwindling sea ice in recent years has led the bears, which usually hunt seals, to look inland for food – including from the eggs of barnacle geese on the island. According to one Longyearbyen resident, a man sleeping in a cabin near the shore was attacked a few years ago by a bear which smashed its way in and grabbed his sleeping bag. He eventually managed to fight the animal off with an axe. Liv Rose Flygel, 55, an artist and airport worker who lives near the hospital in Longyearbyen, said there had been a number of bear attacks in recent years. “Last summer a man was attacked by a polar bear and there have also been attacks on a man from Austria and a girl,” she said. “[The man] was taken in the mouth of the bear and his friend ran after it and shot it. The problem is when the ice goes, the bears lose their way and cannot catch food. People don’t really know how dangerou...

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