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No More Signs of Polar Bears

No polar bears were discovered during a special search mission by Coast Guard helicopter TF-LIF yesterday in Hornstrandir in the northeastern West Fjords and on Skagi peninsula in northwest Iceland where the previous two polar bears swam ashore.

“They combed the area from Adalvík, to Hornstrandir and Saudárkrókur but a white teddy tail was nowhere to be found,” a duty officer at the Coast Guard told Morgunbladid. “The only thing they reported to have seen was a light horse on Skagatá, but that may have been a joke.”

The Hornstrandir ranger was onboard the helicopter. The Coast Guard, the Environment Agency of Iceland and the Icelandic Institute of Natural History organized the search.

The footprints, which Polish tourists discovered in the highlands near Hveravellir and looked like paw prints from a bear, turned out to be from a lone horse. The hoof prints had been distorted in the muddy ground, ruv.is reports.

Polar bears have wandered that far inland before and considering that the Polish tourists had not heard news of the two polar bears that swam ashore in Skagafjördur earlier in the month, police believed it was safer to make sure a third bear wasn’t roaming around Hveravellir.

Click here to read more about the alleged bear prints.

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