The two dead foxes that were found in the Hornsund area during the start of September have testet negative for rabies.

- We are currently entering the first weekend of the rock ptarmigan hunt, and would like to urge ptarmigan hunters to remain alert and notify the Governor if they observe fox or reindeer displaying atypical behaviour, or dead fox or reindeer, says Morten Wedege, Head of Environmental Protection at the Governor’s office.

- We strongly advise people to take precautionary measures. Do not feed foxes. Dogs must be kept on a leash and not be left unsupervised. Additionally, we refer to the guidelines issued by the hospital in Longyearbyen, stating that everyone who plan to hunt reindeer and are not vaccinated, should undergo the vaccination regime before handling game.