Polar bear fatally shot in northern Iceland

June 5, 2008 5:37:32 AM PDT
Police in Iceland say they fatally shot the first polar bear seen in the country in 20 years after the animal threatened people.

Authorities say police in northern Iceland shot the bear Tuesday after determining that the drugs used to sedate the animal were unavailable and that a gun that could be used to fire them was elsewhere in the country.

It's not known how the polar bear reached Iceland; it may have come on an iceberg or swam. Scientists blame global warming for the disappearance of sea ice - vital for the bear's survival.