Skip to comments.Norwegian kayaker escapes from jaws of polar bear when partner shoots animal dead
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 ...
1. Rig more trip flares
2. Never disguise yourself as a seal in the artic.
3. Norwegians are tougher than seals.
Lesson #4: Never bring a shotgun to a polar bear fight.
it was hungry
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.
The shooter should be charged with murder. (sarc)
Never bring a shotgun to a polar bear fight
The guy was lucky!
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...
Perhaps Hippos are considered river predators.
Hippos are not a predator. They may kill but they don’t eat meat.
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.
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.
I think they mean ‘predator’ as in kill to eat not just kill per se
They kill because people annoy them.
Unless you count the occasional circus midget.
Not if they’re pumpkin people.
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.
I own a 12 guage âcoachâ 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.
At least this was not an “I love you bear” moment.
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.
Aren’t grizzlies bigger than polar bears, also?
Actually, I think polar bears are a little bigger.
Nice! That sounds like it could bring down anything smaller than a T-Rex.
Well I certanly hope he did not use an evil LEAD bullet.
I think they are considered Omnivores....
No. Polar bears are larger than grizzlies or even the Kodiak Brown.
Grizzlies and Polars are both types of Brown Bear. Same species.
"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.
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.
so the only way you can tell them apart is because the polar bears are bigger?
Polar bears are evolved from Brown Bears but are a different species.
Brown (Grizzly) - Ursus arctos
Polar - Ursus maritimus
There have been hybrids found in the wild of mixed genetics between the two.
Unless the bear chomps the shotgun in half, as in the story. Ma Duce. Very comforting sound.
Well.....that, and polar bears don't poop in the woods.
Ah, thank you.
Point conceded. (Although technically that makes them parasites because they eat their prey in units of less than one)...
Thanks. Learn something every day.
(When yer young it’s something NEW every day)...
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.
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.
Skip the trip flares, use claymores instead
Gettin’ way too serious here.
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.
“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.
In 1960 in Kotzebue, Alaska a Polar Bear was killed weighing 2,210 lbs and was 11’11” long/tall.
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