Polar Bears in Svalbard
by Magnus Andersen




Pages: 15
Publisher: --
Edition: 1st., 2005
Language: English
ISBN: 978-8276662153

Description

All wildlife photographs taken in conjunction with scientific work.
Polar bears are impressive creatures. They are the world’s largest land carnivores and for many people they have become a symbol of Arctic wilderness. Like the Arctic they have come to represent, polar bears are beautiful, but dangerous. Occasionally, human encounters with polar bears have a fatal outcome – either for the people involved, the bear(s) or both. By following the Precautionary Principle (keep your distance), we can avoid such tragic outcomes. Norway’s polar bear population lives in and around Svalbard; these bears are actu­ally part of a population that inhabits the Northern Barents Region, including Russian territory east to Franz Josef Land. Norwe­gian authorities take their stewardship of the polar bear in Norway and the preservation of its habitat – the Svalbard Archipelago – seriously. The Norwegian Government has set the goal of having Svalbard be “one of the best managed wilderness areas in the world”. To achieve this goal, it is vital that visitors and residents follow regulations and help preserve this unique High Arctic wilder­ness area and its flora and fauna.
This brochure provides practical information regarding how to conduct yourself when in polar bear territory in order to avoid conflict and how to behave should you accidentally come into a situation where you have close contact with a polar bear. The aim is that the information given here should make it clear why baiting, pursuing or actively seeking polar bears is illegal in Svalbard. This brochure provides practical information regarding how to conduct yourself when in polar bear territory in order to avoid conflict and how to behave should you accidentally come into a situation where you have close contact with a polar bear. The aim is that the information given here should make it clear why baiting, pursuing or actively seeking polar bears is illegal in Svalbard.

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