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French vacationer injured by polar bear on Svalbard – Expat Information to France

A French girl was injured Monday by a polar bear that entered her camp within the Svalbard archipelago in Norway’s Arctic however her accidents are usually not life-threatening, authorities stated.

The girl, whose id has not been disclosed, was a part of an expedition of 25 individuals who have been tenting open air on the territory twice the scale of Belgium, simply over 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) from the North Pole.

“A bear entered a tenting space this morning round 8:30 am (0630 GMT) and injured a French girl within the arm”, the pinnacle of the native police, Stein Olav Bredli, informed AFP.

“Her life will not be at risk”, he stated.

The girl was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Longyearbyen, the archipelago’s essential city.

“It’s a girl in her forties who has been calmly injured”, a spokeswoman for the hospital authorities, Solveig Jacobsen, informed AFP.

The precise circumstances of the incident haven’t been disclosed.

“Photographs have been fired on the polar bear, who was scared off and left the scene”, Bredli stated.

The animal was later situated and put down, as a result of extent of its accidents.

In Svalbard, it’s obligatory to hold a rifle exterior city areas in case of an encounter with a polar bear. Males can weigh between 300 and 600 kilos (660 to 1,320 kilos), whereas females are about half that measurement.

A tally from 2015 put the variety of polar bears on Svalbard at round 1,000. The animals have been a protected species since 1973.

Round 300 of them reside within the archipelago year-round. Some have returned to the western a part of the territory — probably the most inhabited space — the place they have been decimated after they have been nonetheless allowed to be hunted.

Six individuals have been killed in polar bear assaults on the archipelago since 1971, the latest in 2020 involving a 38-year-old Dutchman.

In response to consultants, shrinking sea ice brought on by international warming is depriving polar bears of their most popular meals, seals, pushing them to strategy populated areas in quest of different sources of nourishment.



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