The polar bear which was spotted in the uninhabited West Fjords region Hornstrandir this morning has most likely been shot and killed. A Coast Guard helicopter flew there earlier today. The news has yet to be confirmed.
A Coast Guard helicopter. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Kristinn Már Ársaelsson, information officer of the Iceland Environment Agency, told mbl.is that they couldn’t establish a connection with the helicopter after it landed and therefore the news cannot be confirmed.
However, the crew of a boat located nearby reported that the animal had been killed. The bear was originally sighted in the inlet Haelavík but is said to have progressed on to the inlet Hornvík, east of Haelavík, where it was shot.
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