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Moronic motorist: Man faces charges for driving truck near polar bears on sea ice near Pyramiden

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A man in his 50s who in April drove a pickup truck onto the sea ice in Billefjorden where two polar bears were nearby is facing criminal charges, prosecutors said this week.

The man reportedly drove onto the ice without checking for bears and other wildlife, and passed within about 50 meters of the bears at a speed of about 50 kilometers per house, Svalbardposten reported Wednesday. The bears were frighted by his presence and ran off.

The Svalbard Environmental Protection Act prohibits behavior that affects the behavior of wildlife. The man, who drove to and from Pyramiden to areas in Billefjorden,  is also facing charges of not having the necessary certificates to operate a vehicle in the area.

The case will be tried in Nord-Troms district court at a date to be determined.

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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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