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According to reports out of Bulgaria (via Deadline), 'The Expendables 2' has been fined by the country's environmental protection agency because of damage caused to the Devetashka Cave, a local landmark home to "40 endangered species as well as one of the top 3 bat colonies in Europe." The 'Expendables' production team reportedly removed some shrubs and trees from the mouth of the cave, and authorities are worried the small upheaval could negatively affect the cave's endangered residents. (Think: Butterfly Effect.)

Located in the Lovech region of Bulgaria, between the villages of Doirentsi and Devetaki, the Devetashka cave is one of the biggest in Europe. It was discovered in 1921, but only became a landmark in 1996.

The 'Expendables' producers have promised to not use loud explosions during the shoot, but the tree removal was apparently against the law; the fine for such an offense is reportedly between $343 and $3,440 U.S. dollars.

It hasn't been the easier of sequel shoots for 'The Expendables 2.' Last month, actual tragedy struck the Bulgarian set of the sequel when a stuntman died during a scene. The all-star team-up of Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and many more is set to arrive in theaters next summer.

[via Deadline]



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