• Sweden edition
 
Gang of thieving Swedish elk caught in the act

Gang of thieving Swedish elk caught in the act

Published: 01 Mar 2012 12:26 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Mar 2012 12:26 GMT+01:00

A family of mischievous elk have been photographed breaking into a barn in northern Sweden, providing the farmer an unexpected explanation as to why his horse food kept disappearing.

“I couldn’t believe it. The mother [elk] jumped the fence, walked up to the door, got down on her knees, and pushed the door open with her nose,” said photographer Nisse Schmidt to The Local.

If it’s not drunken elk getting stuck in trees, or elk threesomes, Sweden’s elk population just can’t seem to keep out of trouble.

And so it was on Wednesday, when Schmidt was called by his 62-year-old farmer friend Jarle Mosshäll to keep guard outside a barn in the wee hours of the morning to try and catch whoever or whatever might have been pilfering hay from Mosshäll's barn.

The building is surrounded by a fence that is nearly two metres high, yet this proved to be no problem for the elk.

The mother simply hopped over the top and the calves slipped under, according to Schmidt, who managed to snap several pics of the elks as the made their way into the barn.

Enthusiastic elks have long been a problem for Mosshäll as they had been known to frighten his horses during the day and steal their hay from the paddock.

Throwing a tarp over the hay did nothing either, nor did covering the bales with pallets.

The most recent plot to outwit the elk was to use the barn to secure the hay overnight, as expensive hay prices were adding up for the frustrated farmer, according to Schmidt.

On Monday morning however, the door to the barn was open and more hay was missing.

“Jarle blamed his daughter for that one,” said Schmidt to The Local.

“He thought she left the door open the night before, and he made sure to shut it himself the next night. But yet again, the next morning he found the door wide open with even more hay missing”.

Suspecting foul play, Mosshäll tasked Schmidt with sitting guard over the barn on Wednesday morning.

Taking cover in another nearby barn, Schmidt waited patiently, camera at the ready.

Before long, the mother elk and her two calves appeared, and promptly nosed their way into the barn.

Schmidt approached the mother elk, who then came out and stared him down for what he guessed was at least eight minutes, before the elk turned back and stood watch at the door while her calves took their fill.

Farmer Mosshäll says he is running out of options with the fearless mother elk.

“I'm going up tonight and try to put on some locks, but then maybe they'll start to chase away the horses during the day again. She seems to be afraid of nothing,” he told daily Aftonbladet.

Photographer Schmidt is equally stumped as to how to combat the stubborn elk.

“I don’t think a lock will solve it, the moose would only crash the door in. And Jarle can’t shoot them – they’re protected here now," he told The Local.

Schmidt added, however, that it is legal to shoot elk who are "acting aggressively".

"However, I suppose they are acting a little aggressively, so who knows what will happen,” he said.

Oliver Gee (oliver.gee@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

14:24 March 1, 2012 by klubbnika
"Swedish" elks?

So now even animals have nationality?

Why don't you just say "elks".
14:56 March 1, 2012 by strixy
It is a warning sign - they're probably sufferring lack of food in the wildreness.
16:31 March 1, 2012 by Englishman_In_Norpan
Klubbnika, I believe they are catering for an American audience when they say "Swedish" Elk.

On the other side of the pond they call the Elk (Alces alces) a Moose and the less common Wapiti (Cervus canadensis) an Elk.

However I concur, the Eurasian Elk has no knowledge of it's nationality and is more than not, unlikely to make jokes about the intelligence of Norwegian Elk.
20:48 March 1, 2012 by bells on the knight
hey oliver:

stop smoking that stuff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk
20:50 March 1, 2012 by spo10
Caught elk-handed :D
21:59 March 1, 2012 by dizzymoe33
I always enjoy a good Elk/Moose story from Sweden. It is my daily chuckle!!!
04:34 March 2, 2012 by philster61
Organized crime in Sweden seems to reaching new levels.... Lets hope the police can put a stop to this before it gets out of hand.These elk need realize they do not help swedish society with their criminal ways.They need to be tried and then sent to at least two years psychiatric evaluation like all over offenders.....
06:20 March 2, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Well - having presumably examined the Swedish passports, carried by the elks, surprise, surprise, the article has confirmed that they have to live too! Lol!
08:22 March 2, 2012 by klubbnika
#7

@philster

I think you might refer to "immigrant" elks and not "Swedish" elks, that the article describes. As we all know by now, the "immigrant" elks are usually responsible for the increased crime levels in Sweden. ;)

Or maybe the elks in the article were "immigrant" elks after all? Only those who obtained Swedish passport? Did the reporter check their status? ;)
18:28 March 11, 2012 by philster61
Klubbnika . This matter requires further investigation into the status of the elk. If they are immigrant then they need to be investigated as such. Ethnic Swedish elk should be dealt with like all the others... My question is where do the immigrant elk be deported to? and what do they have to say about it....
Today's headlines
Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden
Michael Boatwright (R) and Medieval knight re-enactors.

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden

The "motel mystery" American who baffled US authorities by only speaking Swedish when he woke up from a coma last year has passed away, Swedish media reported on Wednesday. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop
TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind. File photo: TT

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop

Stockholm-listed telecom operator TeliaSonera on Wednesday said profits had fallen in the first quarter, but hoped offering customers more data solutions in the future would turn things around. READ () »

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'
Fredrik Reinfeldt. File photo: TT

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism". READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden
The town of Västervik.

Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden

Ask a Swede, and they are likely to say that their favourite holiday spot is in the southeast of Sweden. Eastern Småland and Öland offer a smörgåsbord of all the things dearest to the Swedes - from the beloved children's book author Astrid Lindgren to deep forests, long sandy beaches, perfect spots for that all-important 'fika', and a surprising amount of space, peace and quiet. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
TT
Gallery
Inside the 850-year-old king's coffin
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Advertisement:
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

718
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com