The statement mentions the remaining guards' attempts to remove the polar bear without force before they shot and subsequently killed the animal.
He explained that usually, if a wild bear is seen, guards "shoot into the air" to scare the animal away. "Customers need to start asking themselves if they feel good about a native bear being shot dead to enable their selfish intrusion into this handsome creature's home", wrote one upset poster.
The German man, who worked as a guard, had been sent ashore from a German cruise ship, MS Bremen, as part of a four-man advance team to secure a beach on the smaller Sjuoyane islands and ensure it was safe for tourists on the vessel to disembark.
All cruise ships sailing in the region were obliged to have polar bear guards aboard, Etminan said.
The guard suffered non-life-threatening head injuries and was airlifted out, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said in a statement on Facebook. "We are extremely sorry that this incident has happened".
However, animal lovers including comedian Ricky Gervais have reacted furiously on social media after the German cruise company which organised the trip justified the decision to shoot the bear dead by describing it as "an act of self-defence".
The area is a wilderness of glaciers and ice caps in the Arctic Circle and is home to around 3,000 polar bears.
Reaction to the death of this polar bear has been swift.
Given that the current "population status" of polar bears is listed as "vulnerable" due to their decreasing number, it is perhaps not surprising that the company has come under intense fire for how the incident played out. "This great predator has little respect for humans and risky situations can easily arise if people get too close", says the NPI, Norway's central governmental institution for scientific research in the Arctic.
Online commenters were furious as the woman defended the photo saying she killed the 18-year-old black giraffe as an act of conservation.