Help Wanted: Polar Bear Spotter

OSLO, Norway (April 30, 2013)--The governor's office on Norway’s remote northern islands of Svalbard is seeking a polar bear spotter to warn researchers who will be working in the region this summer.

The job starts July 8 and also requires previous experience with the outdoors, good polar bear spotting skills and a competence with firearms, but Helge Solli from the governor's office says the successful candidate likely won't have to use a gun "just as long as they have a loud voice" to scare off any bears.

There are an estimated 3,000 polar bears in the Svalbard archipelago, which has a human population of about 2,400.


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