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81 year old Swede kills eagle with bare hands

A bear hunt ended most unexpectedly for 81 year old Örjan Bromée, as he was forced to kill a golden eagle with his bare hands.

Bromée was out hunting with his dogs near his home in Klövsjö when the giant bird suddenly attacked him.

The eagle flew straight at him with its sharp claws directed at his head. But just as it was about to hit him, Bromée stuck up his hands, which were protected by gloves, and grabbed hold of the eagle’s leg.

“It was lucky that I was prepared. I got a good grip and dragged it down to the ground,” the 81 year old told Östersunds-Posten.

“The eagle was so badly injured as Bromée brought it down that it died. Whether or not it had been injured before the elderly hunter got his hands on it is still unclear.

“It died suddenly as I dragged it down to the ground. It’s possible that there was something wrong with it,” he admitted modestly.

Since the golden eagle is a protected species, Örjan Bromée rang the police. Officers from the station in Hede took the bird away – and confirmed that its wingspan was an impressive 180 centimetres.

TT/The Local

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Outrage after Malmö council officers shoot aggressive swan dad

A swan living on a canal in central Malmö was shot dead by professional hunters on Sunday night, just weeks before the birth of his eight cygnets.

Outrage after Malmö council officers shoot aggressive swan dad
A swan studies its reflection in Malmö's Pildammsparken. Photo: Jakob Nilsson-Ehle/Flickr
The male swan or 'cob' signed his own death sentence earlier this year, when he attacked a group of children near his nest close to Malmö's police station, causing several of the youngsters to fall into the water. 
 
“I understand that people are upset about this. I'm upset myself. I conserve nature. I don't usually kill things,” Ola Enqvist, a nature conservationist employed by Malmö's local government, told The Local. 
 
“All male swans defend their nests of course. But this swan was particularly angry. He attacked everybody who passed by, and people were afraid.” 
 
One local resident, Martina Andersson, told the Sydsvenskan newspaper that she found the decision “extremely upsetting”. 
 
“They were a real feature of the area,” she said of the swans. “He is only protecting his mate from the canoeists who paddle by, but it doesn't do anyone any harm.” 
 
 
Enqvist said two hunters had been granted special police permission to use a firearm and had then both shot the swan simultaneously to ensure he was killed instantly. They carried out the shooting late on Sunday night to minimize the risk of passers-by being alarmed. 
 
Enqvist said that to his knowledge the city authorities had never before had to put a swan down. 
 
“This was the first time it's happened, and I hope the last,” he commented.
 
As for the swan's mate, he said he hoped she would be capable of hatching and nurturing the eight eggs in her nest alone.  
 
“We think and hope that she will be able to bring up the children. She is the one in the nest, not the male, so we hope she will manage to do it herself,” he said. 
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