A Coast Guard helicopter was sent to Þingvellir National Park on the weekend after a group of ptarmigan hunters was spotted in the area.
A Coast Guard helicopter. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
According to a police officer on call at Selfoss, it was a rather large group of hunters but the police only managed to catch two of them. Their weapons and ammunition were confiscated but the group had reportedly not shot any birds yet, mbl.is reports.
Ptarmigan hunting in Þingvellir is prohibited.
Last week, the Ministry for the Environment rejected requests by the Icelandic Hunting Association to extend the ptarmigan hunting season.
Bad weather in Iceland in recent weeks has reportedly prevented hunters from going out. The remaining two of nine hunting days were set for last weekend.
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