Bear shot and killed near Røros

Bears are officially under protection orders in Norway, but after an offending male was suspected of attacking freely grazing sheep near the historic mining town of Røros this week, a local hunting team was given permission to track it down. That led to more trouble during the night. The hunters reported to police just before 4am […]

Paper clips secured polar bear wire

An independent report into a British schoolboy’s death on Svalbard in 2011, when he was mauled to death by a polar bear, found critical faults in the alarm system set up to protect his group. The report was released this week to coincide with an inquest being held into the tragedy that killed  17-year-old Horatio Chapple. […]

Two bears shot in Oppland

A 100 kilogram bear believed to be responsible for killing several sheep in the Gausdal municipality was shot on Sunday night. It’s the second bear to be shot in Oppland county in the space of a week and the fifth in Norway so far this year, angering animal rights groups. Hunting permits were granted after […]

Polar bear attack investigated

The polar bear attack on a group of British tourists on the Svalbard archipelago last Friday – which left one dead and four moderately or severely wounded – is still being investigated by local authorities, as the majority of survivors of the attack returned home over the weekend. The attack took place at a tourist […]

Polar bear kills one on Svalbard

UPDATED: A polar bear has killed a 17-year-old British tourist and moderately or seriously injured four others who were part of a British school trip at the Von Postbreen glacier on the remote island of Spitsbergen, the only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago. The bear attacked the youths, estimated to be aged between […]

Compromise triggers new hunts

All of Norway’s political parties have finally struck a new agreement to govern predator management policies, under which as many as 30 male bears could be culled. The compromise has already been greeted with criticism by leading environmental campaign groups. The predator policy area is incredibly contentious, with many rural communities and farmers advocating harsher measures […]

Albino bear charms Polar Zoo crowds

A Norwegian zoo that bills itself as the world’s northernmost animal park had long sought its own polar bear. This spring, it got perhaps the next-best thing when two little bear siblings crawled out of their mother’s den and one of them was almost as white as snow. Baby bears are downright cute, but the […]