The danger of a polar bear attack has become a reality for the large Canadian police and military, looking for the teenage duo suspected of having shot and killed Australian tourist Lucas Fowler, his US girlfriend, and a university botanist. 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky sat down on Saturday with a CC-130H Hercules of the Royal Canadian Air Force and staff who continued the unforgiving wilderness near Gillam, a secluded area.
Area in the north of Manitoba, search.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police distributed a photograph of a polar bear on searchers 200 km north of Gillam on Saturday.
McLeod and Schmegelsky are on the run since the bodies of 23-year-old Fowler from Sydney and North Carolina. His 24-year-old friend Chynna Deese was found dead on July 14 on a highway 3,000 km away in western Canada.
Locals around Gillam predicted that adolescents would face extreme challenges – polar and polar black bears, wolves, irritating black flies and mosquitoes, dense scrub and swamps – if, as suggested by the RCMP, on Monday night in invading the scrubland after they set fire to their stolen Toyota RAV-4.
"A polar bear was searching for suspects – about 200 km north of Gillam – the RCMP wrote on Saturday in a tweet.
"Only some of the wildlife found in northern Manitoba."
The nearby town of Churchill is on a polar bear migration route
The Canadian government, desperate to catch the refugees, immediately authorized it Request by the RCMP for military assistance.
Locally, the authorities went door to door to retrieve locals in their homes and search abandoned buildings, hoping to find them collecting duels or clues.
The survey included an abandoned 600-room hydropower plant.
The RCMP suspected that the teens had lit their RAV-4s and fled to Gillam on foot because there were no reports of stolen cars or car thefts in the area.
After days of unsuccessful search, the RCMP admitted on Friday they were "exploring the possibility" The adolescents may have fled Gillam with the help of a third person, unaware that the two were refugees.
McLeod and Schmegelsky, longtime school friends from Vancouver Island, reportedly boarded for Liard Host Springs in the north of Britain on July 14, when they came across Fowler and Deese.
The old Chevrolet van Mr Fowler and Mrs Deese drove together on the Alaska Highway and left them stranded.
Their bullet-infested corpses were found in a ditch near the van
Four days later, 470 km away, botanist Leonard Dyck from the University of British Columbia was found dead on another highway.