Iceland is also isolated, and in the cold what grows there is pretty limited. So controlling the flora and fauna that take hold is generally not too much of a problem.

So imagine the surprise on the island in the North Atlantic when authorities were presented with the carcass of the cute but annoying bandit, the Raccoon. Hardly native to the island, and strictly forbidden as an import.

“How the raccoon got to Iceland remains a mystery. Import of raccoons to Iceland is totally illegal, says a statement from the authority.” ~ Iceland Monitor, March 22, 2018

Who would smuggle one in? Or is it possible the little rascal was a stowaway who’d heard good things about the hot mineral springs in Iceland?

That stakes are not as high as murder. But the mystery is as subtle. Just how would a raccoon show up in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean?