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Fewer dan­ge­rous con­fron­ta­ti­ons with polar bears

Accord­ing to stu­dies by mas­ter stu­dent Mar­gre­te Nils­dat­ter Skak­tavl Key­ser, dan­ge­rous con­fron­ta­ti­ons bet­ween polar bears and humans have recent­ly beco­me less fre­quent, inspi­te of incre­a­sed traf­fic also in remo­te parts of Spits­ber­gen. The main rea­son for the posi­ti­ve deve­lo­p­ment is belie­ved to be the decre­a­sing num­ber of inex­pe­ri­en­ced tou­rists that visit wil­der­ness are­as indi­vi­du­al­ly. Ins­tead, the­re is an incre­a­sing trend to join orga­ni­zed tours with expe­ri­en­ced gui­des, who work to avoid con­fron­ta­ti­ons and are more likely to be able to deal with such events without shoo­ting the ani­mals, for examp­le by sca­ring the bears away with warning shots from the signal pis­tol.

Sci­en­tists are now actual­ly more likely to get invol­ved in dan­ge­rous con­fron­ta­ti­ons, inclu­ding events whe­re bears were shot in self defence. The rea­son is that sci­en­tists spend more time on land, also in remo­te are­as which are fre­quen­ted by bears, also in camps during the night. Addi­tio­nal­ly, not every indi­vi­du­al rese­ar­cher has the level of expe­ri­ence and skills that is desi­re­ab­le to deal with polar bears as safe­ly as pos­si­ble.

Fewer dan­ge­rous con­fron­ta­ti­ons with polar bears

Fewer dangerous confrontations with polar bears - Habenichtbukta

Source: UNIS

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