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Polar Bear Watch: Journalists Get Rare Bear Shot

by | 18th, June 2008

polar-bear.jpgPOLAR Bear Watch: Anorak’s look at polar bears in the news

Police in Iceland were forced to shoot a polar bear that had apparently travelled several hundred kilometres from Greenland atop an ice floe when the animal charged a group of journalists.

Those endangered polar bears we read so much about:

A 12-year-old girl on a farm near the town of Saudarkrokur, on the Skaga fjord, spotted the bear and alerted the authorities.

The bear was the second known to have made the trip across the north Atlantic in just two weeks…

In the earlier case, authorities permitted police marksmen to kill the polar bear, sparking protests from environmentalists and animal rights’ groups.

After the protests, authorities had vowed to capture the second bear and have it shipped in a cage back to Greenland or give it to a zoo.

But after the bear charged a group of reporters “in a panic,” a police spokesman said they had “no other choice” but to kill it.

At least Germany has stocks of polar bears…


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