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Wild polar bear shot in Iceland

Discussion in 'Iceland' started by Nikola Chavkosk, 18 Jul 2016.

  1. Nikola Chavkosk

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    Whilst I appreciate the danger they represent its a shame culling is the solution. One would hope in this day and age that tranqu and relocation might have started to rise up more so in such areas - or if alternative means of dissuading the bear from human habitation could not be tried.

    Of course its all a tricky thing when dealing with potential and real risk to human lives; but still we should have more options than just to cull
     
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    Maybe they don't had at hand, tranquilizers/immobilising drugs, and in particular fast immobilising drugs like opioides. But anyway it is sad for the animal, (vulnerable IUCN status).
     
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    Some information from the same website on the background to this response:

     
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    Thank you Shirokuma, very helpfull info.
     
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    The costs required seem rather inflated, though I appreciate that the news style simplification might have grabbed the highest estimation or worst case senario. "commando marksman trained in shooting from a helicopter" sounds extreme and I'm left wondering why a tranquilizer suddenly requires so much more investment over a simple bullet based approach - though I wonder if this is due to darts not travelling as far as a bullet and thus meaning one has to be a lot closer and thus within the dangerzone (even so surely quadbikes or similar would provide a suitable mobile platform).
     
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    The question remains, what would be done with the tranquilised bear?
     
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    If only Iceland had a professional wildlife rehabilitation facility...