Published July 19, 2016
The polar bear that was felled in northwest Iceland last Saturday was still lactating, indicating she had newly given birth to cubs.
The bear, measuring just over two metres long and weighing in at about 200 kilos, was sent south to the Museum of Natural History in Garðabær, RÚV reports, and a medical examination brought to light some more information about the animal.
The bear was apparently well fed, but was also still lactating, indicating that the bear recently had cubs. These cubs have not been spotted.
Polar bears are classified as a vulnerable species, and their numbers have been in a steady state of decline. As such, not everyone is on board with Iceland’s shoot-on-sight policy about polar bears. Former Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr has long advocated for live capturing of polar bears – an opinion he still stands by to this day.