BP security guard murders polar bear

Big oil always gets its way and that means no creature animal or man will get in their way as the killing of this polar bear reveals

polar bear killed by BP

Sad news broke this morning that a security guard at a BP oil-drilling operation in Alaska shot and killed a female polar bear. The guard claims he thought he’d fired a bean-bag round to scare the female away, but instead it turned out to be a “cracker shell” that mortally wounded her. The bear was shot Aug. 3 and apparently died about two weeks later from internal injuries.

Polar bears were listed as a threatened species in 2008 after a petition and years of work by the Center for Biological Diversity. Last year, 120 million acres were designated as “critical habitat” for polar bears. Despite that, oil and gas development continues in the heart of polar bear habitat. Although there are rules about how to handle bears in those areas, today’s news is a troubling reminder that bears often pay a price when fossil-fuel industries encroach on the last few places they have to live.

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7 Responses to BP security guard murders polar bear

  1. BitcoDavid

    August 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Not only did the bear die, but it suffered for 2 weeks, doing so. We wouldn’t treat the most hardened criminal with the same inhumanity.

  2. Kelly

    August 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    this is very sad. Why wasn’t this reported to people earlier so that doctors could have helped the bear? Was it reported? Is there some type of legal loophole that prevented medical professionals from getting involved?

  3. Jackieblue

    August 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I find these sort of stories so infuriating. Very sad and unnecessary death of one of mother natures jewels.

  4. Bradley Scott

    August 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    The security guard’s story is he didn’t know what sort of amunition was in his weapon. He’s a liar or an idiot and neither should have access to a firearm and a badge. I’ve loaded more weapons than I probably ever needed to, and I always knew what shells were in the magazine.
    I just have a sneaking suspicion that after the publicty dies away, and this guy’s having a beer with his hunting buddies, talking about elk and caribou, he’s going to be like, “Oh yeah? Well, I shot a polar bear!”

    • Bradley Scott

      August 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm

      BTW, what is a ‘cracker shell,’ and why would a security guard need them? I would think that more conventional 12ga. ammo would be more than sufficent for the task.

  5. David Rice

    August 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    The BP security guard should not have access to firearms. What is his name?