What makes a fox crazy? Too much gas

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A large group of snowmobilers probably won’t be shocked to see all those engines affecting the behavior of nearby wildlife. But a new study suggests the ruckus is more of a nuisance than existential threat for at least one group of animals.

Researchers who set up 20 cameras that took pictures of snowmobiles every five minutes in two areas of Nordenskiöld Land – one with heavy traffic, one with light – discovered “both changed behavior and limited activity” of Arctic foxes in the busier area, according to the Norwegian Polar Institute study published last week.

However, “the study documents no correlation between Arctic fox reproduction and survival in relation to current traffic levels.” At the same time, the researchers noted other factors such as climate change and pollution may make snowmobile traffic more of a threat in the future.

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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