A French vacationer has been injured in a polar undergo assault at a campsite in Norway’s faraway Svalbard Islands.
The animal is thought to have attacked a excursion workforce of 25 other folks at Sveasletta, early on Monday morning.
Authorities within the faraway Arctic area say the lady’s accidents to her arm weren’t life-threatening. She was once flown by way of helicopter to the clinic in the principle the town, Longyearbyen.
“Shots were fired at the polar bear, which was scared away from the area,” leader superintendent Stein Olav Bredli advised journalists. The injured animal was once later discovered and killed by way of government.
The incident happened within the central area of the Svalbard archipelago, greater than 800 kilometres north of the Norwegian mainland.
Visitors to the islands are strongly urged to hold firearms in the event that they plan to sleep open air, because of the presence of round 1,000 polar bears within the Norwegian Arctic.
At least six other folks were killed by way of bears because the Seventies, the latest being a 38-year-old Dutch nationwide in 2020.
In 2015, a polar undergo dragged a Czech vacationer out of his tent north of Longyearbyen and clawed his again prior to being pushed away by way of gunshots. The undergo was once later discovered and killed by way of government.