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Gothenburg woman injured in surprise elk attack

David Landes · 14 Oct 2009, 12:26

Published: 14 Oct 2009 12:26 GMT+02:00

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“It ran right at me,” Monica Engström told the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper following the incident.

“I didn’t have time to realize what was going on, it just came roaring across and kicked me down with its hind legs.”

Engström was out for an early morning stroll with her dog Svennis in a residential area of Utby on the outskirts of Gothenburg.

As Engström was waiting for Svennis to finish his business in the back yard of her sister’s house, the aggressive elk suddenly emerged from the early-morning darkness and went on the attack.

“I was so scared I woke up the entire neighbourhood; they probably thought it was some sort of assault. And it was, except by an elk,” she told the newspaper.

Following the incident, Engström suffered from a number of aches and pains, and remained concerned about a possible concussion due to her violent fall, but was otherwise in good spirits.

"I fell backwards and got a real kick to the head. "It was like getting hit by a train or a tram," she told the Expressen newspaper.

Nevertheless, she remains disturbed by the elk’s hostile behaviour, and plans to be more cautious in the future.

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“I’m not going outside in the morning, that’s for sure,” she told GP.

“If you ask me, wild animals should stay in the woods.”

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Your comments about this article

16:11 October 14, 2009 by bettan1
That photo looks more like a moose than an Elk.

Funny quote though, "If you ask me, wild animals should stay in the woods."

Guess the Elk does'nt know enough to move out of the woods once humans move in to take more of it over.
16:35 October 14, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
bettan1 is correct. TheLOCAL needs to get its Engrish straight! I know you prefer to use English over the North American language BUT no matter which language you use ...


Moose are located in North America, Northern Europe and Northern Asia.

As far as I know, ELK are only located on the North American Continent.
16:45 October 14, 2009 by NickO.
Sorry guys your both wrong.

16:45 October 14, 2009 by just a question
This is ashamed. Mooses must integrate into Swedish society and don't mess around attacking people.

I bet my ass that this moose didn't speak Swedish.
19:50 October 14, 2009 by Soft Boiled
that doesnt look like a mus to me :?
02:13 October 15, 2009 by BILLYBOY IN FLORIDA
I am northern Minnesota and the photo is a moose!!!
07:19 October 15, 2009 by calebian22
Based on the link provided by the Local above in the story the correct layman term, by English/European standards, would be a European elk not just elk.
09:14 October 15, 2009 by karex
That's odd. From what I have heard they don't attack without provocation. Animals in general don't act aggressively, unless they're rabid. But I have also heard that rabies does not exist in Sweden? Maybe it was drunk...
09:40 October 15, 2009 by voiceofreason
The dog is the most probable reason why the animal attacked.

The dog can be perceived as a wolf or fox by an Elk.
14:15 October 15, 2009 by groverpm
I think you'll find that elk in Europe are moose.


The elks of N. America are a different species.
23:57 October 15, 2009 by bigbadrob
Common misunderstanding. When settlers first arrived in North America they came acros the white-tail deer which they called a "Deer" mistaking it for a European deer. when they moved west they discovered a larger creature which was actually the same species as the European red deer only a larger sub-species. They caled it an elk because it was larger than what they knew of as a deer. Later they came across an even bigger creature, but had run out of names so they called it a "Moose" which is actually the same as a European "Elk"

In review

American Deer = ?

American Elk = European Deer

American Moose = European Elk
21:26 October 16, 2009 by knithappens.ca
Seen a lot of white legged moose lately? I'm a Canadian and I've had many a close encounter with moose and none of them had white legs. If they say, it's an elk; I'll buy that.
22:16 October 16, 2009 by wenddiver
Four legs big ears-

Germany- Stag

New York- Rat

Texas- Horse

California- protected and non-existant

Louisiana- Dinner with proper spices

Massachetes- taxable belongings if it steps on your land

Washington D.C.- Congressman

Afganistan- Target # 2,069 for the Drone

Does that clarify things?
23:47 October 16, 2009 by bighat
You are ALL wrong... however, the correct answer is below in multiple guess format:

A) Ecuadorian Mountain Elk

B) Venezuelan Red Elk

C) Mexican Whooping Elk

D) North Chilean "elk" (closely related to the Elk)

E) Reg Elk of Brixton

F) Battery Elk

Truly yours,

Ralph, the Wonder Elk
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