Help Wanted: Polar Bear Spotter

Remote Norway region needs someone to warn scientists

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 30, 2013 6:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – If you passed on the job posting for a manager at Stonehenge, the AP has another weird help-wanted ad to consider. It seems Norway's remote Svalbard region needs an official polar bear spotter this summer. The idea is to keep your eyes peeled for bears, then yell like crazy if one shows up to warn nearby scientists to take cover. Applicants need experience with guns, but Svalbard officials say they probably won't need to use one—"just as long as they have a loud voice" to scare the bears. One reason for the job posting: Polar bears outnumber humans 3,000 to 2,400 in the region.

They're a lot scarier when they're older. This is a cub at a zoo in Germany.
They're a lot scarier when they're older. This is a cub at a zoo in Germany.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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