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Polar bear killed after attacking Arctic cruise ship guard

Polar bear killed after attacking Arctic cruise ship guard

This worker is unidentified but is part of the ship's "Bear Watch Team" - an armed teamed trained to accompany the expedition leaders as they guide passengers on excursions.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said it was "self-defence".

Another crew member from the MS Bremen, acting as a polar bear guard, is believed to have shot the bear after a group of tourists went ashore from the ship.

"He was flown out, was responsive, and is now undergoing medical treatment", Etminan said to The Associated Press.

A helicopter brought the injured guard to the nearby town of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen island. His identity was not released.

The polar bear was then shot dead "in an act of self-defense" by the second guard, spokeswoman Negar Etminan told the AP. "Customers need to start asking themselves if they feel good about a native bear being shot dead to enable their selfish intrusion into this handsome creature's home", wrote one upset poster. Their numbers continue to decline as they face the threat of becoming endangered in the near future.

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The long-running cruise company said they had travelled to the destination for many years and were "very aware of its responsibility when travelling in environmentally-sensitive areas and respects all nature and wildlife".

Three years ago, a Czech man who travelled to Svalbard to watch a solar eclipse suffered face and arm injuries after being attacked in his tent.

A polar bear was shot and killed after attacking a cruise ship guard on an archipelago in Norway.

He explained that usually, if a wild bear is seen, guards "shoot into the air" to scare the animal away.

Usually "as soon as an animal approaches, the landing stops immediately", Krause added.

In this case, one of the guards was attacked unexpectedly by a polar bear that had not been spotted. "We are extremely sorry that this incident has happened". Polar bears are also facing extinction due to global warming.