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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

 

Ice cowboys fined for lassoing a polar bear

`Three teenagers have been fined 3,000 Danish kroner (400 euros, 530 dollars) by a Greenland court for lassoing a polar bear in a stunt they said they carried out because they were bored, the court said. [..]

The incident took place in August 2004, when the quartet lassoed the bear before calling a hunter to kill it. Only three of the four appealed the lower court’s verdict.

Animal protection laws in Greenland, a semi-autonomous Danish territory in the North Atlantic, prohibit the capture of live animals in the wild.

The hunter was meanwhile fined 5,000 kroner for using an unauthorized rifle to put the animal down.’




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