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Bear number three??

See, I had to write that last post, just so I could keep writing about the polar bears, because of the promise I made at the very end of the post before that, and I never break a promise.

Okay…

There were some people out touring today, in a place called Hveravellir, which is up north but quite a distance inland. These people claim they saw bear tracks, plain as day. According to police in Blönduós, these people seemed very credible even if they were foreigners [kidding!] [no, really!] and drew a picture of the tracks that – gasp! – looked absolutely like the genuine article.

[Aside: why didn’t they take a picture? Whoever heard of tourists who don’t carry a camera??]

Anyway, did that old man or did he not say that there would be three bears?

[DumDum.]

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  • Bluegrass Mama June 19, 2008, 11:58 pm

    When you mentioned Bear #2, I immediately thought of that man and wondered when the third shoe, I mean, paw, would drop!

  • Jon June 20, 2008, 12:47 am

    It could be an omen! No, probably just a bear. When backpacking in grizzly country I never slept well, but our local black bears are usually just a mild nuisance and can usually (not always!) be intimidated. I would keep a good distance between a polar bear and myself. If polar bears were in Yellowstone Park, tourists would try to feed them.

  • linguaphile June 20, 2008, 4:14 am

    Never underestimate the power of a premonition! Especially from an elderly Icelandic man.

  • Rozanne June 20, 2008, 5:22 am

    Unbelievable. If this keeps up you’re going to have to change the name of your blog to the Iceland Polar Bear Report.

  • PhilippeP June 20, 2008, 7:50 am

    At this rate, we would soon rename Polar Bear To Icelandic Bear ….

  • sigga June 20, 2008, 9:34 am

    He´s probably living in Eyvind´s cave, having a dip in the hot springs and generally enjoying the taste of cycling German tourists. The added sweating makes them juicier. One of the towns “characters” stopped me this morning and told me about this latest bear and really nothing would surprise me. I am waiting to meet one on the way to Holar one day.

  • luigi June 20, 2008, 9:52 am

    gli orsi mi piacciono moltissimo e non sò perchè ma credo che se un giorno ne incontrassi uno forse non scapperei mi affascinano molto e non provo terrore , credo che potrei per questo essere facilmente ucciso da un’orso . è piu forte di me ma il primo sentimento che provo vedendoli è quello di tenerezza ed è lo stesso per i gorilla di montagna . bho !

  • alda June 20, 2008, 10:11 am

    Cat – well, seemingly it didn’t take long!

    Jon – yes, feed them and probably try to cuddle them afterwards. Hehheh.

    linguaphile – indeed.

    Rozanne – LOL!

    Philippe – or Iceland to Polarbearland …

    Sigga – if you do meet one, get his autograph, will you? Tell him he’s got a huge fan base at the IWR.

    Luigi – hi! Bet you don’t get many polar bears where you are …

  • luigi June 20, 2008, 2:14 pm

    si qui da me nessun orso polare ,solo orsi bruni . ma mi piacciono gli animali perchè rimangono animali ed è questo quello che me li fà amare. conservano quello che nessuno gli potrà mai togliere , sono transnazionali apolitici oltre che liberi da convenzioni hanno un solo terrificante problema ” l’uomo che crede ,direi in maniera amorale , nell’esclusività della propietà del mondo ” per questo l’animale a volte è un problema e non un coinquilino

  • luigi June 20, 2008, 4:02 pm

    You can shoot a bear for stupidity and continue to make the policeman?
    alda, I believed that you were a little more civilians,obviously isolation atavistic you not to have clarity of discernment. or you just want to shoot just to have lubricated the rifle….my god there is a bear, kill immediately for prevention…crazy …

  • Keera June 21, 2008, 5:52 am

    Luigi, polar bears are far more aggressive and far larger than brown bears. With brown bears you can sometimes climb a tree for safety or play dead. There are no trees in the arctic and playing dead will make you dead since polar bears also eat carrion. Simply put, polar bears and humans do not mix. The people who live on Svalbard all have to learn to handle a rifle and keep their distance. Their lives depend on it.

    Alda, if the old man saw three bears and only three, then the problem will go away by itself. Good news for both humans and bears.

  • luigi June 21, 2008, 7:31 am

    there are no good reasons to justify actions that common sense judges wrong

  • Sigvaldi Eggertsson June 21, 2008, 11:24 am

    Luigi, it is common sense to kill the bear rather than let it kill people.

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 1:52 pm

    the fact that there are of living beings different from us is not to say, considering their hazardous nature, whether by killing, the world is not exclusive of humans

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 1:56 pm

    today you do not go well the bear? tomorrow seal, the day after the whale. between one month, the cobra then the elephant, zebra. the chameleon, the wolf. man is not the only inhabitant of the planet, man is one of the inhabitants of the planet and the more intelligent dè accordingly should strive for the protection of minors brothers

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 1:58 pm

    brothers minors should be helped and always, because minors!

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 2:00 pm

    to the ability to discern and to provide for things go your way. to the animals the right to continue to be vaffanculo animals and everything else …

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 2:08 pm

    here is being fought between Camorra Mafia and every type of abuse, here we are sixty million individuals, each projected to peak performance, even illegal. what unites mafia and is not common to hear. prescinde, the common sense of things, love for the lower and animals are among these, there is no mafia who work the intentional abuse against any person who does not have the capacity to understand, regardless of

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 2:13 pm

    ….chissà che un giorno non mi venga voglia di imbracciare un browning e testarlo sulla pelle del signore che ha sparato al orso ! …. who knows that one day I want to imbracciare a browning and test it on the skin of the man who shot the bear!

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 2:13 pm

    …. who knows that one day I want to imbracciare a browning and test it on the skin of the man who shot the bear!

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 2:14 pm

    the rest would do … but only prevention against a incapable

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 2:16 pm

    kill a policeman idiot, who could never chiedermene reason, is an idiot and it is better to kill him … in advance, before they do damage

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 2:18 pm

    have patience, but if you believe that bears there are bad … emigrated!

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 2:19 pm

    avoid breaking the testicles of a nature which is equal to itself by hundreds of years

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 2:27 pm

    and if any of you is willing to confront a different reality will please write to me joi.lui @ alice.it … buffoons!

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 5:20 pm

    What is it? no one speaks? nobody writes? fear of cultural comparison? I am here and wait, and not
    say that is because too many people make in the square, even if only virtual, is exposed to the judgement of others! expect connoisseurs of rifles and the like … I repeat what I said “is not a defensible reason that common sense believes wrong” — if you give nuisance bears, emigrated!

  • alda June 21, 2008, 6:38 pm

    Um … okay …

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 7:51 pm

    What is it? MMM ok? believe is sufficient? believe that visited your blog is too busy to give answers morally accetttabile? move that aspect! demand answers from those who aims to esternare culture and can not do it! Please … I look forward … you have my e-mail below you remember: @ joi.lui alice.it … see you soon. What is it? a problem? impossible to communicate? —- Clowns! + This what I think — the rest is hot air! repeat buffoons

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 7:55 pm

    you are the clowns! you want to know my address? buffoons of the third order,,, luigi minetti via xxiv May 2 / 1 campegine / reggio emilia / italy telephone 0039 0522 673515 — buffoons inconclusive mmmm … I say … I clowns, murderers!

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 8:08 pm

    why not admit that the murder of a bear is something reprehensible? what is the feeling that there gripping
    they believe to be right, kill a bear because calling upon your shores, and all that you know say is “ok mmmm” … go to make arse! — mmmm to your mother if you were killed!

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 8:09 pm

    Why? … because it might make me evil …. ridiculously current …. should give answers and not mmmm

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 8:11 pm

    buffoons ammantati of arrogance believe they dispense to the world the good manners … mmmmmm

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 8:12 pm

    tomorrow aspect answers that do not come because it is a classic unnecessary

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 8:13 pm

    silence is a madman in line …. ridiculous!

  • luigi silvio June 21, 2008, 8:14 pm

    answers … please!

  • luigi silvio June 22, 2008, 6:47 am

    the daily squalor they do everyday. there entrenched behind the indifference to avoid answers, and continue to pursue life as if nothing had happened. waterproof and deaf to any request for explanations, you turn the other side while avoiding answers, with the hope that the crazy turn of the stop as soon as possible. there limited to ignore doing exercise of arrogance but masked by tolerance, you are hollow man hidden expect that the next calm. in the meantime try to talk about the uselessness avoiding confrontation that still do not want because what you want is always and not only have nuisance. so tomorrow is another day, what you care to respond … pass! … I laugh you! .. and with me they do other … is much more important to go beyond, men empty

  • Graham from Scotland June 22, 2008, 12:37 pm

    I’m lost for words……Luigi, are you trying to say that the bear was a member of the mafia? Polar Nostra, if you like?

  • TheMonkeyMan June 23, 2008, 9:15 am

    Luigi I think you need to put down the keyboard and go for walk.

  • Ólöf Auður June 24, 2008, 3:06 pm

    Wow! I’m speechless! I think a good walk is a great idea;)

  • Jónathan June 26, 2008, 2:35 pm

    Luigi,
    It is unfortunate that the bear had to be shot, but there is usually not a better solution. They come in from the drift ice hungry and mean, and they won’t hesitate to kill and eat anything they come across (including children). Maybe in the future an effort should be made to tranquilize them and take them into captivity, but this is not always an option.

    Too bad I don’t have any Polar Beer in my refrigerator. When did they stop making that stuff??

  • Sarflin January 30, 2009, 12:27 pm

    I lived in northern Canada for a few years ( From Edmonton Alberta) . Most people don’t know that polar bears are not afraid of humans and view them as a food supply.

    So if tourists try to feed the bears, they will be the bear feed. I have seen films on them (they showed elementary school kids some truly scary movies on them as education) . A fully grown polar bear can batter it’s way through typical timber constructed house wall or door.

    They can rip doors off cars, can out run most people on snow.

    If you see a polar bear, go the other way! The movies did instill a healthy fear of them, which is good for kids to have when it comes to polar bears.