A NORWEGIAN man has been jailed for scaring two mating polar bears away by driving his car close to the intimate pair.
The driver, in his fifties, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail by North Troms District Court for scaring the bears frigid on Svalbard Island in April this year.
A motorist in the arctic island of Svalbard has been jailed for disturbing two polar bears having sex[/caption]
The man was found to have passed the polar bears at a distance of about 50 metres, at a speed of at least 30mph, national broadcaster NRK reported.
The bears were scared and interrupted by his sudden appearance and ran away from the car, according to the ruling.
The man insisted he was trying to move past the dangerous beasts as fast as possible to pick up two people.
In addition to disturbing the bears, the man was charged for driving without a license as well as violating traffic regulations in the region.
The bears were scared by the man’s sudden appearance and bolted[/caption]
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According to polar bear experts, a bear’s reaction to the sound of the motor may vary dramatically.
While some don’t respond at all, others react at half-a-mile’s distance and perhaps even more.
When chased over a longer period of time, a bear can overheat and die, an important reason of having bear-protecting laws in place.
The Svalbard Archipelago is home to 3,000 of the massive carnivores, who outnumber its human population.