Winter Weather Advisories Continue

Latest Internet hoax: Polar bears in Michigan

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

THE INTERNET — Someone who has posted a fake warning of polar bears in Michigan doesn’t know their geography and doesn’t know their polar bears.

The debunking web site Snopes posted on Monday this bogus “warning” from the Michigan Department of Transportation making the rounds on Facebook:

Polar bear DNR hoax

There are no such warnings from the Michigan DNR. But you can go to the department’s web site to reserve camp sites, learn rules about ice shanties, even learn about public land for sale.

Meanwhile, Snopes pointed out two key things about this latest Internet hoax:

  1. Polar bears only live in the Arctic and never travel as far south as Michigan.
  2. Only dumb polar bears would walk across Lake Erie to get to Michigan from Canada, since only a small portion of Michigan shore is on Lake Erie. Any self-respecting polar bear would cross Lake Superior or Lake Huron to get to our lower peninsula.

Or they might commandeer a vehicle, pay the fare, and take the Mackinac Bridge.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s