Camper mauled to death by polar bear inside his own tent before animal was later found dead in Norway

Camper mauled to death by polar bear inside his own tent before animal was later found dead in Norway

August 28, 2020

A CAMPER was mauled to death inside of his own tent by a ruthless polar bear – before the animal was later found dead in Norway.

The man, who has yet to be named, was camping near the town of Longyearbyen when he was savagely attacked, officials report.

The local governor's office said he was seriously injured during the polar bear's assault at 4am and died soon after at hospital.

Other people at the scene fired shots at the animal, and what is believed to be the same polar bear was later found dead in the car park of an airport in Svalbard, a Norwegian territory archipelago in the High Arctic, about 800 miles from the North Pole.

Along with the man who died, six people who were on the site have been taken to the hospital, the governor's office confirmed.

Terje Carlsen, communications manager for the Governor, told the Svalbardposten in Norway: "We are working to identify the person.

"Six people were there. The whole incident is now being investigated.

"We do not know which bear it was nor the nationality of the person who died. We have no information about the others.

"This is sad and tragic in every way."

Local Council leader Arild Olsen said the incident has affected the whole town.

He added: "We now work first and foremost to take care of those who were closest to the incident and assist as best we can."

In Svalbard, which is also known as Spitzberg, people are advised to carry a weapon when outside urban areas.

The archipelago is home to about 1,000 polar bears, according to a tally from 2015, and has been a protected species since 1973.

Until now, five deadly attacks on people had been recorded since 1971.

The most recent one happened in 2011 when a bear attacked a group of 14 people who were camping as part of a British school trip. 

A 17-year-old British student, Horatio Chapple of Salisbury, Wilts was killed after the beast forced its way into his tent.

Four others were injured before the animal was killed.

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