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Travelers in North Iceland Falsely Report Polar Bear

A group of travelers from Akureyri falsely reported to mbl.is on Saturday that they had seen a polar bear near Hofsós in Skagafjördur, north Iceland, sending pictures to prove their story. The news website immediately ran a story on the event.

The Sea Ice Exhibition Center in Blönduós where one of the polar bears that swam ashore in Iceland last summer is on display. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

After reading the story online, a number of people contacted the Saudárkrókur police department, which sent two officers to the scene and asked shooters to be on alert, visir.is reports.

Last summer, two polar bears were spotted in this area and subsequently shot and killed.

However, approximately 30 minutes after the news story was published, it turned out that the report had been a hoax.

The prank was organized by Sigurdur Gudmundsson, a shop owner from Akureyri, who was traveling in the area with around 30 Oddfellows members. The pictures were taken of a taxidermied polar bear, which they had taken with them.

Gudmundsson told visir.is that it had been meant as a harmless prank and that the police could send him the bill if there had been any expenses because of it. Sheriff in Saudárkrókur Ríkhardur Másson told Morgunbladid that the matter would be looked into this week.

Click here to read more about polar bears in Iceland.

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