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Bear leaves faecal greeting in front of Swedish town hall

Published: 03 Nov 2010 17:47 GMT+01:00
Updated: 03 Nov 2010 17:47 GMT+01:00

Town councillors in Ytterhogdal in northern Sweden arrived at work on Tuesday to discover that a member of the local bear population had left an insalubrious pile of dung outside the front door.

According to local resident Mårten Jonsson, the pile of bear pooh was a substantial mess of lingonberry-laced excrement that had been cooled by the overnight frost.

"It was not here yesterday, I am certain of that," said Jonsson to the local Östersunds-Posten daily.

While the exact time of the faecal delivery appears to be in some doubt, there is no question in Mårten Jonsson's mind that it's bearer was a brown bear.

"There are a large number of people who have been by to have a look, among them an experienced hunter, and everyone is in agreement that it is bear shit," Jonsson told the newspaper.

While there is no suggestion that the offbeat calling card is a comment on municipal governance, there is some concern over the bear's night time walk through the town and choice of impromptu latrine.

"When it is a bear that's thrashing about here then it feels a little worrying. I wouldn't want to meet it on the way to or from my car," said Lena Arnesson at the Ytterhogdal local government office to the newspaper.

While bears are considered to be shy animals and will avoid humans where possible, contrary to popular wisdom it is not uncommon for them to relieve themselves outside of the woods.

There are estimated to be around 2,000 bears in Sweden. The county of Jämtland authorised the killing of 90 animals during the 2010 hunt, which ended on October 15th.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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16:27 November 3, 2010 by Swedesmith
Strong letter to follow....
16:51 November 3, 2010 by Åskar
Might have been the pope, though ...
17:20 November 3, 2010 by Mzungu
What a load of crap.

*as a news,that is!*
18:11 November 3, 2010 by facetedjewel
'"There are a large number of people who have been by to have a look, among them an experienced hunter, and everyone is in agreement that it is bear sh**," Jonsson told the newspaper.'

A large number came by to see the pooh? And reached a consensus about the pooh's origin? Slow day in Ytterhogdal? Too funny. ;^)
19:04 November 3, 2010 by Tanskalainen
A sign like this should not be ignored.
19:46 November 3, 2010 by Swedesmith
They all confered and used scientific methodology to determine the origin of the poo:

1. Looks like bear sh-t

2. Smells like bear sh-t

3. Taste like bear sh-t

Is bear sh-t!
22:06 November 3, 2010 by dizzymoe33
How do they know for sure it is bear poop? Someone test it out?LOL
23:02 November 3, 2010 by roaringchicken92
"the pile of bear pooh was a substantial mess of lingonberry-laced excrement that had been cooled by the overnight frost."

Nice to see Yogi is getting his antioxidants.

This story made my day -- both with the reference that bears do NOT necessarily crap in the woods, and the use of the word "insalubrious". Quite delightful.
23:17 November 3, 2010 by Tanskalainen
A Sami shaman should be called upon to read the turds. The bear was obviously sending the town a message.
23:48 November 3, 2010 by jack sprat
Possibly this brown bear was bearing a big grudge.

On the other hand who can say if the bear itself made the actual deposit or if some country bumpkin bearing a grudge thought it a good idea to bring the said pile of bear poop into town to express his opinion of the local town councillors?
05:45 November 4, 2010 by Da Goat
yes they are right bears don't always go in the woods, I get the feeling the bear was leaving a tit for tat message from the unlucky 90!

Whacko hunting season is over now, here is one they missed!
09:50 November 4, 2010 by Authentica
Nice piece of news, how about a photo of the poo?
12:38 November 4, 2010 by Swedesmith
Stock photo or the actual poo pile?
13:09 November 4, 2010 by gabeltoon
I would agree with"JACK SPRAT". Sounds like a grudge to me.
15:33 November 5, 2010 by Ekorrmaskin
New headline for the article:

"Slow news day in Sweden"
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