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Monday, 18 September 2017 | MYT 8:00 AM

Norway fines tourist guide for scaring polar bear. Poor bear?

A tourist takes a picture of a stuffed polar bear in the centre of Longyearbyen, a community that counts 3,000 polar bears. Photo: AFP

Usually the humans are scared of the wild animals. But in the far-north of Norway, an Arctic tourist guide has been fined €1,300  (RM6,611) for scaring off a polar bear.

When a group of tourists on a snowmobile expedition in May spotted a bear standing still, 900m away, their guide decided to approach the predator to take a closer look.

The animal, spotted at the Svalbard archipelago in Norway, fled the scene.

“The regulations say 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.

Located 1,600 km from the North Pole and twice the size of Belgium, Svalbard is, according to 2015 state figures, home to nearly 1,000 polar bears, a protected species since 1973.

Five deadly attacks on people have been recorded in about 40 years. – AFP Relaxnews