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Landowners halt world's largest elk

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Landowners halt world's largest elk
08:24 CET+01:00
Two local landowners have halted the march of the world's largest elk by submitting an appeal to Sweden's Environmental Court.

The 45-metre (148-foot) elk, or moose in north America, is the brainchild of Thorbjörn Holmlund, who recently received permission from Arvidsjaur and Skellefteå councils to begin construction of the wooden animal.

But the innovative tourist attraction, intended to double as a conference centre, restaurant and concert hall, may never get to show its face if two local landowners have their way.

Both individuals view Stoor'n - The Big One - as a high risk project, Västerbottens Folkblad reports.

The area would be better served by investment in eco-tourism, they argue, rather than the construction of roads leading to an enormous elk on the top of a mountain.

In a joint submission to the Environmental Court, the landowners characterized as faulty a study into the environmental consequences of the elk's construction.

When asked about their moves to block the project, the pair said they had no further comments.

"This is between us and the county administrative board. We are keeping to the democratic process," one of the landowners told Västerbottens Folkblad.

For over three years, officials from two northern counties discussed the implications of having a gigantic elk straddling their border from its vantage point on top of Vithatten mountain. The project was eventually given the go-ahead at the end of last month.

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