Planet Gore

Pollowitz Bears Scrutiny

Viewer mail on the Icelandic polar bears and celebrity-ex-wife Laurie David:

Please explain to me how a fly fishing guide is qualified to determine the migratory patterns of polar bears. Oh, that’s right, he is a mechanical engineer in the off season, so he is an expert in long-term weather patterns and biology. I’m sure she asked him for empirical evidence of all the polar bears that have drowned by missing Iceland when she visited with him. If the polar bears just had a better sense of direction when swimming in the Atlantic, we would not need a cap and trade scheme.

And:

Laurie David writes as if this was new news, because it’s the first she has ever heard of it.
I was stationed in Iceland for two and a half years (from 1986-1989). The Icelanders told me polar bears have been drifting to Iceland from Greenland off and on since the dawn of time. Iceland has millions of sheep (ever bought an Icelandic sweater from LL Bean?). It has no natural predators. If a polar bear gets loose on the Island it goes on a sheep-killing rampage. The standard procedure for Icelanders is to shoot the bears on sight. That’s ALWAYS been the procedure. Of course there will be objections (there always are), but there is no alternative. The country doesn’t have the resources to capture them and ship them back.

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