Polar bear attack in Svalbard, Norway


Reports have been filed throughout the day about a polar bear attack in Svalbard, a group of islands belonging to Norway that are half way between the country’s mainland and the North Pole.

On person is reported dead, and four are reported injured. They are said to be part of a British tour group camping in the region.

Britain’s Daily Mail and Telegraph have detailed reports about the attack.

According to some reports, there’s been several disastrous encounters between tourists and polar bears in Svalbard in recent years.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn@cbc.ca
Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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