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Tourist dispute about bear hunting trip

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KRISTIANSAND (TV 2 Nettavisen): Three hunters bought an organized trip to Canada, shot five bears, but the trip was not wild enough and now they want their money back.

The pressing question in the case which started in Kristiansand county court Tuesday is; what is wilderness?

The three Norwegians were tricked into paying NOK 70,000 (USD 10,000) after reading this brochure.
The three Norwegians were tricked into paying NOK 70,000 (USD 10,000) after reading this brochure.

The Norwegian hunters were under the impression that they were going deep into the Canadian wilderness to go hunting for the feared brown bears; however, they claim the reality was something completely different.

“In stead of Canadian wilderness, we camped nine minutes from the closest town and we where hunting between oil installations and heavy traffic,” said the three men from Drammen and Fredrikstad to TV 2 Nettavisen. “We feel deceived. This is embarrassing for us, but since he does not seem to be the least bit sorry, we are taking this to court.”

In addition, the hunters claim they were promised a canoe trip included. However, the river has been dried up for years.

“I’m not responsible for the drought,” said the tour operator to the TV 2 Nettavisen.

However, the hunters did shoot bears and they are happy with the furs, but they want their money back, about NOK 70,000 (USD 10,000).

This is one of the pictures from the brochure that convinced the Norwegians, but the river has been dried up for years.
This is one of the pictures from the brochure that convinced the Norwegians, but the river has been dried up for years.

The 60-year-old tour operator has sold hundreds of trips to Norwegians and he says they should be happy with their trip.

“They shot five bears and should be happy,” the man said to TV 2 Nettavisen. “But they were difficult to deal with, and one of them was more interested in drinking beer than hunting.”

The 10 day long trip to Slave Lake in Alberta took place in May 2001 and there were a total of 16 people participating. The dissatisfied men have contacted several of the people travelling with them, and they claim most of travellers were unhappy with the trip.

The man has now sold his tour business, and he has in addition to this been charged for severe tax evasions.

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