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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.

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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?
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