>> Caught wandering around the main town on Norway's Spitsbergen Island earlier this year, this polar bear stunned and sedated. Scientist transporting him to a more remote and safer spot. The three year old male, though, is one of the lucky ones. Four other bears have been shot and killed on this chain of Norwegian Arctic islands already this year.
That, as tourists and scientists flock the remote region, according to Reuters bureau chief in Oslo, Fourchette.>> Global warming is reducing the area that the animals can roam in, and so they are in a more concentrated area than they used to be before. The frequency of encounters between human beings and polar bears could increase in the future.
>> Halfway between the northern tip of Europe and the North Pole, the Svalbard archipelago is home to more than 2,600 people as well as 975 polar bears. This year's shootings include a bear near a camp of Russian scientists, as well as another near a group of Finnish tourists.
The species is officially protected, but shooting is allowed for self-defense as a last resort.>> The conservationists are saying the authorities on Svalbard need to review the guidelines and see if adjustment can be made to try for to reduce the number of incidents happening.>> Living with polar bears is part of daily life in Svalbard.
In this research station the scientist leave every house front door unlocked so people can seek refuge if needed. But the threat works both ways. The number of nights spent by visitors to the archipelago hit 18,000 in July, up 14% from last year.>> And with the Arctic ice retreating, the polar bear could be running out of room.