25 Aug '11, 8pm

Polar bear shot and killed at BP Alaska oil field

Find out more from the Center for Biological Diversity: Polar bear Alaska Dispatch, August 24, 2011 Polar bear shot and killed at BP Alaska oil field By Patti Eppler A North Slope security guard shot and killed a polar bear earlier this month after the bear resisted efforts to drive it away from employee housing at BP's Endicott oil field. The death appears to have been accidental, according to BP Alaska spokesman Steve Rinehart, who said the guard thought he'd fired a bean bag round at the female bear but BP later discovered it was a "cracker shell" that mortally wounded her. The polar bear death is the first time in 35 years of working on the North Slope that a bear has been killed by a security guard working for BP, Rinehart said. "We dearly wish it had not happened," Rinehart said, "but it's not a trend or a population impact. We have worked safely and carefully around...

Full article: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2...

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