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Polar bear alarm fence

When cam­ping in Spits­ber­gen, it is com­mon and makes sen­se to secu­re the camp against polar bears with an alarm fence (Nor­we­gi­an: snu­b­lebluss), using trip­wires and small explo­si­ve devices. The most reli­able ver­si­on NM4 comes from Nor­we­gi­an mili­ta­ry sources, but is not avail­ab­le any­mo­re for legal rea­sons. The fol­lower (M2) is con­si­de­red not reli­able and safe enough to be used in the field for polar bear pro­tec­tion. As a con­se­quence, the­re are cur­r­ent­ly almost no alarm sys­tems avail­ab­le in Lon­gye­ar­by­en to secu­re camps against polar bears.

Next to the obvious safe­ty aspect, the­re is a deba­te to make tech­ni­cal sys­tems for pro­tec­tion of camps against bears legal­ly man­da­to­ry. It still needs to be defi­ned what such “tech­ni­cal sys­tems” might be, but alarm fen­ces are at least an obvious part of any tech­ni­cal alarm sys­tem. The Sys­sel­man­nen is awa­re that it is dif­fi­cult to make a sys­tem man­da­to­ry that is not avail­ab­le on the mar­ket and is try­ing to con­tri­bu­te in fin­ding a solu­ti­on, but so far without suc­cess.

Under the fatal polar bear attack on August 05 in Tem­pel­fjord, a fai­ling alarm fence con­tri­bu­t­ed to the desas­ter.

In the UK, a sys­tem is avail­ab­le from Arc­tic Limi­ted.

Polar bear alarm fence of the old type (NM4), which is hard­ly avail­ab­le any­mo­re.

Snublebluss

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten (3611), Sys­sel­man­nen

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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