Norway recruits polar bear spotter
The arctic archipelago of Svalbard is advertising for a polar spotter: firearm skills and a loud voice are an advantage.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
The Norwegian government is recruiting for the unique role on the remote Northern islands of Svalbard, whose 2,400 human residents are outnumbered by its 3,000 polar bears, according to the Associated Press. The job starts on July 8 and involves spotting polar bears to warn researchers doing work in the area.
To qualify, applicants must have previous experience outdoors, good bear-spotting skills and experience with firearms. But Helge Solli from the governor's office told the AP that the successful candidate likely won't have to use a gun "just as long as they have a loud voice" to scare off any polar bears.
The polar bear is the largest meat eater living on land. They are are extremely protective of their cubs and attack viciously when there is a perceived threat. A polar bear can reportedly cut a human head off with a swipe of its paw.
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