Sadly it seem a tragic series of naive misjudgments made this result almost inevitable. Local knowledge says they chose to camp in a particularly dangerous area and their bear alarms do not seem to have been effectively set, nor did they mount an armed guard in case of polar bear attack. In effect they virtually invited one of the world’s most dangerous carnivores to dinner.
THE polar bear that killed a British teenager and mauled four others was starving and significantly underweight. (NewsCore)
A British expedition leader with years of experience in exploring Svalbard has said told how hikers needed to be “armed to the teeth” to deal with the threat of polar bears. (TDT)
From the BSES trip log. Looks like The Guardian and BBC entirely fabricated their stories about missing sea ice as the cause. (Real Science)