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Polar Bear Kills British Teenager In Norway: BBC Blames Climate Change (Photos)

by | 5th, August 2011

A POLAR bear in Norway has attacked and hurt Patricks Flinders, Michael Reid, Andrew Ruck and Scott Smith. A 17-year-old has been mauled to death. They were all on tour with the British Schools Exploring Society. They were close to the Von Postbreen glacier on the Norwegian island of Svalbard.

The BBC says:

If needs must, they will, like many bears, adapt their behaviour; polar bears have been seen feasting on goose eggs, while one bear has been recorded undertaking an epic nine-day swim to reach new feeding grounds. As climate change reduces ice cover, there are concerns that more polar bears will become displaced and will move further inland to seek food, bringing them into contact with more people.

So. We should blame climate change?

The Sun informs us, without grim irony:

The BSES sends youths to Svalbard to investigate evidence of climate change.

Terry Flinders, Patrick’s father tells media:

“According to the doctor and the other people Patrick was trying to fend off the polar bear by hitting it on the nose – why, I don’t know, but he did and… the polar bear attacked him with his right paw across his face and his head and his arm.”

The Sun says the trip cost £2,900 trip. The party would venture into the untouched beauty and wilderness of Svalbard “.


Polar bears are the biggest threat to humans on Svalbard and around 500 inhabit the main islands at any one time.

A bigger threat than the cold? The Mail reports:

Since 1971, four people have been injured and four killed by polar bears in Svalbard, according to researcher Margaret Nilsdatter Skaktavl Keyser. Since 1993 there have been on average three bears shot each year after close encounters with humans.


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