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Norwegian kayaker escapes from jaws of polar bear when partner shoots animal dead
Telegraph ^ | 10 Aug 2010

Posted on 08/26/2010 10:23:28 AM PDT by george76

A Norwegian kayaker who was dragged by his head for 45 yards in the jaws of a polar bear has told how he escaped when his expedition partner shot the animal dead.

Despite protecting their tent with a trip-wire hooked to a early warning flare, Mr Nilssen woke face-to-face with the biggest land predator on Earth.

The 23-year-old was dragged screaming from the tent, with his head clamped in the animal's jaws.

The adult male bear flung the young explorer's body like a rag doll from side to side in an attempt to stun him, a technique typically used on its usual prey of seals.

The polar bear's teeth pierced Mr Nilssen's lung as it fought for a better grip and narrowly missed a main artery in the young Norwegian's neck.

"It was so strong I could not fight, I grabbed for my shotgun and tried to shoot it but [the polar bear] had snapped [the gun] in half.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalrights; ar; bear; bears; polar; polarbear; polarbears
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1 posted on 08/26/2010 10:23:32 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76
Lessons Learned:

1. Rig more trip flares

2. Never disguise yourself as a seal in the artic.

3. Norwegians are tougher than seals.

2 posted on 08/26/2010 10:26:48 AM PDT by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: Pecos

Lesson #4: Never bring a shotgun to a polar bear fight.


3 posted on 08/26/2010 10:27:35 AM PDT by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: jazusamo; GladesGuru; proud_yank; LucyT; Candor7; rxsid; null and void; editor-surveyor; ...

it was hungry


4 posted on 08/26/2010 10:28:19 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
"biggest land predator on Earth. "

Um, I think I know a few Hippos that might take issue with that statement. Hippos kill FAR MORE humans each year than all the bear species combined.

5 posted on 08/26/2010 10:28:57 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: george76
Awww...that's just wrong...


6 posted on 08/26/2010 10:29:02 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Grand Old Potty needs to be flushed ... vote for Conservatives in November.)
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To: Pecos

The shooter should be charged with murder. (sarc)


7 posted on 08/26/2010 10:30:16 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: humblegunner; Eaker

Never bring a shotgun to a polar bear fight

Ping


8 posted on 08/26/2010 10:32:30 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: george76

The guy was lucky!


9 posted on 08/26/2010 10:34:04 AM PDT by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: OldDeckHand
Um, I think I know a few Hippos that might take issue with that statement. Hippos kill FAR MORE humans each year than all the bear species combined.

I don't think vegetarians count as predators, besides, HUMANS kill far more humans every year than all the other animals on earth combined.

The difference being that usually we don't do it to eat each other, so we don't count it as predation...

10 posted on 08/26/2010 10:36:05 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 579 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Perhaps Hippos are considered river predators.


11 posted on 08/26/2010 10:37:18 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Hippos are not a predator. They may kill but they don’t eat meat.


12 posted on 08/26/2010 10:37:26 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: george76
This was a close call and could have been worse. The bear could have gotten the gvn, used against both of them and then use it against women and children in the inner cities.

Eventually the bear would have sold it to gangbangers.

Next time, they should go along with bear, do not resist, perhaps shout "Hare Krishna" to confuse the attacker.

13 posted on 08/26/2010 10:37:46 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: george76
They're really lucky this one didn't come after them.

Bear Hunting

14 posted on 08/26/2010 10:37:49 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: george76

Someone recently posted here asking for recommendations as to the best alarm clock. I wish I could find that post, because I think I now have the answer.


15 posted on 08/26/2010 10:38:09 AM PDT by RetroSexual
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To: OldDeckHand

I think they mean ‘predator’ as in kill to eat not just kill per se


16 posted on 08/26/2010 10:39:18 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: OldDeckHand
Hippos don't kill to eat, so they're not predators.

They kill because people annoy them.

17 posted on 08/26/2010 10:42:01 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: thackney
Hippos are not a predator. They may kill but they don’t eat meat.

Unless you count the occasional circus midget.

18 posted on 08/26/2010 10:44:41 AM PDT by calex59
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To: dead

Not if they’re pumpkin people.


19 posted on 08/26/2010 10:46:52 AM PDT by stuartcr (Nancy Pelosi-Super MILF.................................Moron I'd Like to Forget)
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To: thackney; null and void
"They may kill but they don’t eat meat."

I was watching a Discovery or Animal Planet special last year that said Hippos are primarily vegetarians, but there was recently discovered evidence that some hippo populations will also eat meat - more carnivores of opportunity or necessity though.

It was the same special that talked about populations of gorillas in Africa that also ate meat - mostly monkeys, which also was only recently discovered.

Still, no they aren't they same kind of "predator" as a Polar Bear, but they are equally territorial.

20 posted on 08/26/2010 10:48:14 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Pecos

I own a 12 guage “coach” gun in which I installed rifled chokes to fire 3 inch hollow point sabot slugs [50cal]. As a defensive weapon, I submit this combo would be lethal to any bear.....IMO.


21 posted on 08/26/2010 10:50:01 AM PDT by verity
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To: george76

At least this was not an “I love you bear” moment.


22 posted on 08/26/2010 10:50:01 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: george76
But despite his brush with death, Mr Nilssen said he was not angry at the bear, speculating that it carried out its unusual attack on humans because it was hungry.

At last! Someone admits that a wild animal was acting like a wild animal. The usual explanation blames humans for modifying the animal's behavior.

23 posted on 08/26/2010 10:52:25 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: OldDeckHand

Aren’t grizzlies bigger than polar bears, also?


24 posted on 08/26/2010 10:55:07 AM PDT by Flightdeck (TANSTAAFL!)
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To: Flightdeck
"Aren’t grizzlies bigger than polar bears, also?"

Actually, I think polar bears are a little bigger.

25 posted on 08/26/2010 10:57:18 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: verity

Nice! That sounds like it could bring down anything smaller than a T-Rex.


26 posted on 08/26/2010 10:57:50 AM PDT by katana (Pull out, Barack, like your father(s) should have. Been waiting 40 years to use that line on a Dem.)
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To: george76
was dragged by his head for 45 yards in the jaws of a polar bear has told how he escaped when his expedition partner shot the animal dead.

Well I certanly hope he did not use an evil LEAD bullet.

.

27 posted on 08/26/2010 10:58:35 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: null and void
Actually hippos will eat meat.......

I think they are considered Omnivores....

28 posted on 08/26/2010 10:59:47 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Flightdeck

No. Polar bears are larger than grizzlies or even the Kodiak Brown.


29 posted on 08/26/2010 11:01:33 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Flightdeck

No


30 posted on 08/26/2010 11:01:36 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Flightdeck

Grizzlies and Polars are both types of Brown Bear. Same species.


31 posted on 08/26/2010 11:01:42 AM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: george76

"I was about 20 or 25 metres [22 to 27 yards] from the bear and it had Sebastian in its mouth, I was very worried I did not want to hit Sebastian as well," said Mr Fjeld. "That would have been a really bad day for him.

Ya think?

32 posted on 08/26/2010 11:04:37 AM PDT by zeebee
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To: george76

They are always hungry, even when they are sick and dying.

A polar bear is a very dangerous animal. And it doesn’t look it.They will track a man from 30 miles away on scent alone, and quietly get within 100 yards and then pull the old teddy bear act.

When they get within 50 yards, you are toast, or rather tartar.Unless you have a rifle of heavy caliber pistol. An axe might do if you know how to use it.

Because polar bears have such a keen sense of smell, they are an unseen danger, until the last few moments.


33 posted on 08/26/2010 11:06:08 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Seruzawa

so the only way you can tell them apart is because the polar bears are bigger?


34 posted on 08/26/2010 11:08:22 AM PDT by jbp1 (be nice now)
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To: Seruzawa; Flightdeck; jbp1

Polar bears are evolved from Brown Bears but are a different species.

Brown (Grizzly) - Ursus arctos
Polar - Ursus maritimus

http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=bears.main

There have been hybrids found in the wild of mixed genetics between the two.


35 posted on 08/26/2010 11:13:33 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: verity

Unless the bear chomps the shotgun in half, as in the story. Ma Duce. Very comforting sound.


36 posted on 08/26/2010 11:14:56 AM PDT by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: jbp1
so the only way you can tell them apart is because the polar bears are bigger?

Well.....that, and polar bears don't poop in the woods.

37 posted on 08/26/2010 11:15:07 AM PDT by HusbandMan
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To: null and void
... well humans definitely prey on other humans (take a look around the welfare office) just not as a food source i.e. cannibalism.
38 posted on 08/26/2010 11:17:59 AM PDT by John.Galt2012 (I'll take Liberty and you can keep the "Change"!)
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To: thackney

Ah, thank you.


39 posted on 08/26/2010 11:21:13 AM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: John.Galt2012

Point conceded. (Although technically that makes them parasites because they eat their prey in units of less than one)...


40 posted on 08/26/2010 11:22:11 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 579 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Osage Orange; OldDeckHand

Thanks. Learn something every day.

(When yer young it’s something NEW every day)...


41 posted on 08/26/2010 11:23:50 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 579 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Aren’t Kodiak Island Grizzlies supposed to be the largest (that is until they prove the existence of the legendary short nosed giant bear in Kamchatka, Russia) bears on earth? Mind you, the polar bears I’ve seen in zoos are huge and those in the wild are no doubt larger still, so you could be right.


42 posted on 08/26/2010 11:30:41 AM PDT by katana (Pull out, Barack, like your father(s) should have. Been waiting 40 years to use that line on a Dem.)
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To: Pecos
Never bring a shotgun to a polar bear fight.>>>>>>>>>>>

Untrue, if you can unlimber it before the polar bear is on you. Once a bear has hold of you or taking swats at you, it doesn't much matter what kind of gun you have. A 12 gauge slug will take down any ground animal we have on the planet if its within 75 yards.

43 posted on 08/26/2010 11:39:32 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: george76
. . . . Where's my mommie?

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44 posted on 08/26/2010 11:47:24 AM PDT by LucyT
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To: IncPen

Skip the trip flares, use claymores instead


45 posted on 08/26/2010 11:51:46 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Candor7

Gettin’ way too serious here.


46 posted on 08/26/2010 11:52:12 AM PDT by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: katana
'Aren’t Kodiak Island Grizzlies supposed to be the largest (that is until they prove the existence of the legendary short nosed giant bear in Kamchatka, Russia) bears on earth?"

That might be absolutely accurate. I'm not trying to portray myself as any kind of authority. I just know what Animal Planet tells me. I do remember reading or watching something on the enormity of those Kodiak Island bears. They're huge.

47 posted on 08/26/2010 11:56:48 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Pecos
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A chain gun could field dress that bear. :-)

48 posted on 08/26/2010 12:07:38 PM PDT by verity
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To: george76

“it was hungry”

Awww! Poor ickle bear got all hungry dragging that thick fur coat around.

Skinning does cure Bad Bruin Behavior (BBB) in every case where it has been applied.

;-)


49 posted on 08/26/2010 12:24:47 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: katana

In 1960 in Kotzebue, Alaska a Polar Bear was killed weighing 2,210 lbs and was 11’11” long/tall.


50 posted on 08/26/2010 12:27:56 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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