which bear

would you rather meet: this one, or maybe that one? (mind you, not for the faint of heart) Well, or maybe the first one, were he hungry.

Reason for the post is that last 2 weeks 2 polar bears have shown up in the north of Iceland. Not their normal habitat, last time we had a polar bear here was about 20 years ago.

The first bear they just shot. Public outcry. Second one they at least tried to get alive, but failed, had to shoot it. I’m all for trying, but if it’s deemed to be dangerous, well, I wouldn’t have a polar bear alive and a human dead.

3 Responses to “which bear”

  1. 1 Turkish Prawn June 20, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    EAUGH! Those second pictures are… Ieee. Awful.

    It’s hard for us to remember that humans are not always in control. Especially if we venture out of our habitat.

    I’m getting excited at the prospect of going camping again. It’s been at least 3 years now and Short Stack is finally getting old enough to join us. Not this summer, but next for sure.

    Dangerous wild animals are not common in New England, but they are out there. Especially in the places that are the most beautiful hiking and camping. There are Brown Bear, Coyote, rattle snake and some possible wolf sightings and don’t forget the random crazy person. Also, about once every couple of years, someone reports a catamount. It’s a type of mountain lion that is believed extinct, but they are not 100% sure.

    The thought of taking my kids out into that has made me re-asses what kind of gear to bring.

    Turkish Prawn

  2. 2 inmate1972 June 22, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I hear about the first bear on the news here, but not about the second. It sparked a whole slew of stories in the press about global warming and the like. Are they swimming from Greenland? Coming over on ice floes?

  3. 3 hildigunnur June 28, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Floating icebergs, yes, then swimming the rest of the way, when the iceberg melts (yay, global warming)

    Turk, I understand what you’re saying about taking the kids, loads of folks around here are now hesitating about going camping and hiking up north (it is very rare here for people to have guns, at least powerful enough to kill a polar. I only know 2, actually)

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