During a snowmobile expedition in the Norwegian far north earlier this year, a polar bear was spotted standing still, some 900 meters away. Their guide decided to approach the predator to take a closer look, effectively spurring the animal to flee.
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This seemingly harmless encounter nevertheless cost the unlucky offender 12,000 NOK ($1,530) due to the exceptionally harsh nature of Svalbard's laws.
"The regulations specifically state that it is forbidden to approach polar bears in such a way that they are disturbed, regardless of the distance," the Svalbard governor's office said in a statement cited by the Norwegian TV channel TV2.
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