Observing Sweden – Killer Elk on Rampage

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Elk gang terrorizes joggers in Swedish town

Excerpt from: The Local.se  Published: 03 Apr 2016 13:03 GMT+02:00

A gang of aggressive elk have so terrorized joggers in parks around the Swedish town of Halmstad that one has called on local authorities to intervene.

A series of women joggers have been ambushed over the last six months by elk bounding out of the undergrowth and charging towards them, with the latest attack taking place as recently as March.

“None of the people who live here think this is especially pleasant,” one of the’ victims, who was attacked while jogging in a disused quarry which is a popular local exercise spot, complained to the Hallands Posten newspaper. 

“There are many who have been have been so disturbed by the elk that they no longer feel free to move. I think that the municipality should do something about it.”

Goshia Weber, another of the victims, told the newspaper that she had feared she would be injured or even killed when one of the large telemetacarpal deer surprised her on an evening jog in the Eketånga forest.

“The elk came rushing towards me. I could smell it and just saw the big muzzle,” she said.

She tripped and fell onto her stomach, forcing her to wait as the animal towered over her just meters away. “It was maybe only a minute or two, but it felt like an eternity,” she told the paper. “I had time to think that now it might trample me, and to ask myself ‘how much pain would that bring? Will I even survive?”

Roland Larsson, who is responsible for parks in the municipality, recommended that anyone who felt threatened by an elk should call the police. “They can be on the spot much faster than we can,” he said. “But we are also out and about checking on the situation.”




About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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3 Responses to Observing Sweden – Killer Elk on Rampage

  1. tubularsock says:

    Just how many Elk are ticketed for speeding by the police in Sweden anyway?

  2. What do the elk know that we don’t?

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