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Poison sausage plot targets Sweden's wolves

Poison sausage plot targets Sweden's wolves

Published: 27 Mar 2012 10:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Mar 2012 10:00 GMT+02:00

Poisoned chorizo sausages have been found laid out in the woods around Dalarna, in central Sweden, in what police believe was an attempt to bait and kill wolves in the area.

There were ten sausages in total, each containing a vial filled with a white powder which police suspect may be cyanide, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“Someone has most likely laid them out to poison wolves,” said Sven-Åke Petters of the Dalarna police to the paper.

The discovery was made on Friday near Bingsjö, outside Dalfors.

While it is unclear exactly what or who the poisoned sausages were intended for, police expressed their concerns over the threat the contaminated chorizo posed to local children.

However, it is still unknown whether the white powder found in the sausages was indeed poison.

The police have sent the sausage samples off to be tested by the National Laboratory of Forensic Science (Statens kriminaltekniska laboratorium – SKL).

And the potentially deadly plot uncovered in Dalarna is not the first time that poisoned food has been discovered in the Swedish wilderness.

According to local newspaper Dalarna Tidning (DT), there have been six reported cases of poisoned meat left out in the wilderness in Rättvik’s municipality since 2004.

Chorizo, the meat of choice used in the most recent incident, is a smoked sausage which is often spiced, commonly exported from Spain and Portugal.

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Your comments about this article

12:07 March 27, 2012 by gpafledthis
In the US you would only have dead illegal mexicans piled up !! You swedes really have a "cleopatra complex" (clutch a viper to your breast) !!
12:22 March 27, 2012 by Liquidmonkey
hunters being brave again.
14:40 March 27, 2012 by klubbnika
Poor fluffies! Leave them alone.
15:36 March 27, 2012 by Borilla
Save the sausages and feed them to the brave hunters when they are caught. Oh, wait, I forgot these are the Swedish police. Catching culprits isn't part of their operating procedure is it?
19:11 March 27, 2012 by sunnchilde
This is absolutely disgusting. Wolves have just as much right to live as you do. They've been on the land longer than you have. The most outrageous thing is that wolves don't attack people. Wolves have never attacked people. In order to get a wolf to attack you, you would have to hurt their puppies. Wolves are no threat to humans at all and yet there's this rampant hatred of wolves...it's disgusting.
20:50 March 27, 2012 by waffen
sunnchile

I agree with you.

Human irrationality and cruelty know no bounds.

Any animal that is poisoned suffers an agonizing death.

Perhaps those who have left the sausages and other poisoned foodstuffs will make a mistake and eat one of the same.
23:40 March 27, 2012 by Smiling Canuk
What a jerk-off. Leave the wolves alone.
02:46 March 28, 2012 by HandsomeAmerican
i hope they catch this person and stick the poisoned chorizo up his ass
04:58 March 28, 2012 by strixy
Idiots. And cowards. Wolves never attack humans these days, they have developed a panicky reaction to human smell because they were hunted down extensively in the past.

As usually humans go out of their way to make sure they are the biggest jerks on this planet.
00:56 March 29, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Wolves never attack people! These "hunters" are nothing but lowlife scumbags who should be forced to eat the poison themselves!
16:26 March 29, 2012 by maxedwin55
Adding up to the list of endangered species.
06:04 April 5, 2012 by JahneraliMkuu
Another wildlife creature becoming extinct....SAD!!!
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