• Sweden's news in English
 

Wolf spotted roaming central Gothenburg

Published: 27 Jan 2013 08:27 GMT+01:00

"Now I have seen it on film and I can definitely say that it is a wolf," said conservation officer Nelly Grönberg to the local Göteborgs Posten (GP) daily.

The wolf was first spotted last Friday, according to the newspaper, with further sightings reported on Friday night in the suburbs of Västra Frölunda and Långedrag.

During Friday night it is known to have wandered into central Gothenburg and was caught on film at Stigbergstorget in the Majorna district.

The wolf was then spotted on Saturday morning in the Slottsskogen city park.

Gothenburg conservation officers attempted to track the animal on Saturday, with Nelly Grönberg expressing concern over its well-being.

"This environment is not suitable for a wolf. As far as we know it hasn't caught any significant prey and is probably both hungry, anxious and scared," she said to GP.

Grönberg insisted that the wolf poses no threat to humans, explaining that the animal tends to become docile when stressed and scared.

New attempts to track the wolf will be made on Sunday with the option of using a tranquillizer to assist in its re-location having been discussed.

Grönberg however expressed confidence that the wolf will be able to find its way out of the city by itself.

Fatal attacks by wolves against humans are rare in Sweden, with less than 20 recorded cases in the past 300 years.

However the risks posed by wolves to humans was brought into focus by the death of a 30-year-old employee at Kolmården zoo in central Sweden in June.

The Local/pvs

Follow The Local on Twitter

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

22:09 January 27, 2013 by skumdum
This is getting out of control. The government MUST increase the protective hunt to at least 150 animals a year.
09:40 January 28, 2013 by skogsbo
wait for a few more sightings and those previously anti hunting townies will be asking for it to be shot!
11:33 January 28, 2013 by snowmittens
What is this crazy Swedish obsession with killing every living creature that happens to stumble out of is natural terrain! Why not tranquillize dart it and transport it back to parts of the wild where it will find food and live a life away from humans that have such unfounded hatred of all things wild that they do not fully understand............ It is sad that we still have to behave in such a way rather then embrace Sweden's wonderful nature and give it a helping hand when we can!
19:16 January 28, 2013 by rohermoker
I have seen this happen here in Minnesota. When the wolf takes the first dog or cat from someone's yard, and little Annie see blood on the snow, the wolf will be quietly removed from town. I have land in northern minnesota and have seen several wolf kill sites of deer. they are very messy eaters. Those who want to see it tranquilized and moved, well this works realy well on tv, but there is a 50% plus mortality.
01:06 January 29, 2013 by skumdum
More cost effective to just kill it.
04:51 January 30, 2013 by Da Goat
The wolf knows exactly what it is doing it can leave any time....it's just pets and children are tasty treats this time of year!
11:37 January 30, 2013 by skogsbo
snowmittens, you live in town only, view your wildlife on the discovery channel? :) The real world is little different, most elderly Swedes cringe at the thought of expanding the wolf population, their farfars and morfars, almost eradicated the wolf population, reducing the hazard to the population, their pets and farm animals. They didn't do it because they wanted to eat wolf meat! There is a down side that deer and elk now have no natural predators and their numbers are too large, so again more hunting, but only within quotas and seasons.
22:40 January 30, 2013 by Coalbanks
Probably more harm done to people and pets by dogs in a year than by wolves?
10:31 January 31, 2013 by seducedbylight
I'm with you snowmittens.

Only mindless drones resolve problems by killing.
19:01 January 31, 2013 by rohermoker
Mindless drones resolve problems by killing? Are you questioning our president or just his policies?
Today's headlines
Swedish Nobel laureate Tranströmer dies aged  83

Swedish Nobel laureate Tranströmer dies aged 83

Swedish poet and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Tomas Tranströmer has passed away at the age of 83, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports. READ  

Sweden Democrat head: 'I'm on antidepressants'
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson before his sick leave. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

Sweden Democrat head: 'I'm on antidepressants'

Jimmie Åkesson, who is poised to return as leader of Sweden's nationalist party in April after months of sick leave, has revealed he is taking antidepressants for exhaustion and sleeping difficulties in an interview set to air late on Friday. READ  

Is Swedish super coach Pia Sundhage quitting?
Pia Sundhage, left, celebrating after Sweden beats Scotland in the World Cup qualifier. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Is Swedish super coach Pia Sundhage quitting?

Swedish football coach Pia Sundhage's contract leading the women's national team runs out next year. And she has not yet made up her mind as to whether or not she wants to stay on. “If they asked me today, I would say no,” she told The Local on Friday. READ  

Stieg Larsson's partner blasts trilogy sequel
Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg Larsson's former partner. Photo: TT

Stieg Larsson's partner blasts trilogy sequel

The partner of Sweden's best-known contempory author Stieg Larsson has criticised the decision to publish a fourth installment of his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, written by another author. READ  

Ikea flat-pack shelters set to house refugees
Ikea flat-pack shelters will be delivered to refugee camps. Photo: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Ikea flat-pack shelters set to house refugees

Flat-pack shelters produced by Swedish furniture giant Ikea are set to provide temporary homes to thousands of refugees in camps around the world. READ  

Swedish PM faces rights pressure in China
Sweden's PM Stefan Löfven talks to reporters outside the Swedish Embassy in Beijing. Photo: Karin Olander/TT

Swedish PM faces rights pressure in China

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven landed in China on Friday for a two-day visit. But on the home front he has been facing pressure to push more to get human rights on the agenda when he meets with Chinese leaders. READ  

The Local Recipes
How to Make Chocolate Truffles for Easter
Chocolate Truffles. Photo: John Duxbury

How to Make Chocolate Truffles for Easter

If you are looking for a fun alternative to Easter eggs, why not try Swedish chocolate truffles. They are delicious, easy to make and kids can help you make these delightful sweets. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local. READ  

Homeless to 'skip' long rental queues in capital
There is a long queue for housing in Stockholm. Photo: Image Bank Sweden

Homeless to 'skip' long rental queues in capital

Some of Stockholm's homeless population are set to be offered permanent accommodation in the city centre, as part of efforts to help them reintegrate into society. But the move is a highly controversial one in the capital where there is a long queue for first hand rental contracts among tax-paying residents. READ  

Nine more jailed for Stockholm Nazi attack
Police in Kärrtorp in December 2013. Photo: TT

Nine more jailed for Stockholm Nazi attack

Prison sentences of between three and eight months have been handed down to nine men involved in a neo-Nazi demonstration in Stockholm in 2013. Swedish courts have already punished fourteen others for their role in the brutal violence. READ  

'You have to be active, that's the whole point'
Magnus Melander and Linda Krondahl of THINGS. Photo: The Local

'You have to be active, that's the whole point'

What if you took a bunch of exciting start-ups and some of Sweden's biggest companies and put them all in the same place? You would get THINGS, a brand new hub designed to fuse software and hardware and creativity with experience. The Local got an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour ahead of its launch on Thursday evening. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
How to never miss your favourite weekly features on The Local
Gallery
People-watching: March 25th
Sponsored Article
Why Stockholm is the 'Boston of Europe'
National
Which words are changing in Sweden's latest dictionary?
Sponsored Article
'Sweden must embrace openness and diversity'
Blog updates

27 March

Celebrating Three Great English Exports In 2015 (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Deputy Head of Mission Aidan Liddle joins us for another guest blog today. In 2015, England..." READ »

 

27 March

Editor’s blog, March 27th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Europe remains in shock following the Germanwings plane crash in the Alps that killed 150..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Is this house 'un-Swedish'?
National
Sweden pays tribute to victims of Germanwings Alps crash
National
Neo-Nazi activity rising in Sweden
National
How to make Swedish Waffles
Gallery
Property of the week: Torslanda - Hjuvik
National
Stray dog Arthur moves in with Swedish owners
Sponsored Article
Ten tips for succeeding as a start-up in Sweden
National
Sweden triples maximum limit at asylum centres
Gallery
People-watching: March 21st
National
Why elderly Swedes are among the world's happiest people
National
TIMELINE: Gothenburg shootings
National
Can Sweden's feminist party score success in neighbouring Norway?
National
Why Brits can't get enough of Sweden
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Sweden's solar eclipse
National
What's on in Sweden this week
Royal wedding countdown begins
National
Viking ring reveals Islamic ties
National
TIMELINE: Julian Assange sex allegations in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: March 18th
National
One in three Russian diplomats are spies, says Sweden's Security Service
National
Hitchcock opera set to hit Gothenburg stage
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Northern Lights on show across Sweden
Technology
Why Swedish pop star Robyn is pushing for more girls in tech
Gallery
Property of the week: Umeå
National
Introducing Sweden's Eurovision 2015 entry Måns Zelmerlöw
Gallery
People-watching: March 13th - 15th
National
Why have Swedish prosecutors made a U-turn in Julian Assange case?
Sponsored Article
How Sweden and India can work together
Politics
Who's the new young leader of the Christian Democrats?
Travel
Why are Swedes so obsessed with Mallorca?
Gallery
Princess Estelle celebrates her mother's name day in Stockholm
National
What's on in Sweden this week
National
Obama's anti-Semitism team heads to Stockholm and Malmö
Gallery
People-watching: March 11th
Technology
How a Swedish app is teaching children to empathize
Swedish grandparents put on disguises to snatch baby
National
Why Sweden may not be as gender equal as you think
Politics
Why does Russia blame Sweden for the crisis in Ukraine?
Gallery
Property of the week: Smögen
National
Listen to the English remix of a Swedish 'genitals' song gone viral
Technology
'Swedish women are strong and ambitious'
National
Why are 11 Roma people suing the Swedish state?
Sponsored Article
Expert US tax preparation for Americans in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Stockholm job fair helps immigrant entrepreneurs
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

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 Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

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

3,412
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se