Mistaking shot and rubber

The shot that killed a polar bear on Austfjordneset last Monday was meant to intimidate.

A female polar bear shot at the Austfjordneset trapping station lies next to the fuel depot about 50 meters from the cabin. She was hit from a distance of about eight-and-a-half meters and ran a distance afterward. The bullet hit the bear in the back on the left side.
A female polar bear shot at the Austfjordneset trapping station lies next to the fuel depot about 50 meters from the cabin. She was hit from a distance of about eight-and-a-half meters and ran a distance afterward. The bullet hit the bear in the back on the left side.
Publisert

A female polar bear was shot last Monday by one of the caretakers at the Austfjordneset trapping station. Her cub was killed the same day by The Governor of Svalbard after consultation with the Norwegian Polar Institute, whose experts said the months-old cub had no chance of surviving on its own.

"The shot that killed the female was intended as a warning shot with rubber bullet," said Lt. Gov. Berit Sagfossen. "However, it was a shotgun cartridge that was fired and the female died."

The bear was shot from a distance of about eight-and-a-half meters.

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