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Driver hits elk and runs off with slice of thigh

A car driver involved in a collision with an elk on the E22 motorway in Blekinge in southern Sweden, claimed a slice of meat from the animal's thigh before fleeing the scene in a callous hit and run incident that has left a local hunter seething.

Driver hits elk and runs off with slice of thigh

“To violate game in this way in unprecedented. I am lost for words,” said Mikael Lundin, a hunter responsible for tracking down injured animals, to the local Sydöstran daily.

Collisions with wild animals are a common occurrence in some parts of Sweden, despite improved security and fencing in recent years. When drivers collide with an elk or other game they are required to inform the police who get in touch with the local hunter responsible for tracking the animal and ending its suffering.

But when this driver on the E22 near Brömsebro in Blekinge collided with a cow elk, they took the chance to claim a piece of the animal, presumably for later consumption.

“This is a case of very low moral fibre, of butchery and pure theft,” Lundin told the newspaper.

According to the newspaper several passing cars noted the offending vehicle parked by the side of the road with its hazard lamps on. Although the animal is reported to have landed in the ditch by the side of the main road, it remains unclear whether it was dead while the driver sliced off a chunk of the elk’s thigh before fleeing the scene.

The accident was not brought to the attention of the authorities until the morning after when a worried calf was seen anxiously running up and down the bank by the ditch.

“It is perhaps not that unusual that people leave the scene of collisions with wild game, but here he had first sliced off a large chunk of the elk’s thigh, with what appears to be not insignificant butcher skills. Presumably to take home to eat, or perhaps to give to the dog,” Lundin told the newspaper.

The police are reportedly unable to rule the possibility that the more than one person was involved in the incident.

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‘Stop taking selfies with elk,’ police warn Stockholmers

Stockholm police have asked the public to stop taking photos with elk, after several of the wild animals had to be killed after getting agitated by selfie-takers.

'Stop taking selfies with elk,' police warn Stockholmers
Whether in nature or in the city, if you do see an elk in Sweden, always keep a distance. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se

Police needed to shoot the elk after they wandered into residential areas including Nacka and Enskede in the capital, Mitt i Stockholm reports.

“An elk that has got lost can usually find its way back if it is calm. But when people run up and take pictures, it becomes stressed and aggressive. It is utterly misanthropic and it’s outrageous that people do not understand better,” police officer Kenneth Kronberg, responsible for the National Game Accident Council (NVR), told the newspaper. 

“Game wardens have agreed that there is nothing wrong with the elk in the city. However, they get very stressed because there are so many people trying to take pictures. That’s why we have to kill the elk, because of 08-ers [a pejorative term for Stockholmers] who think the animal world looks like a Walt Disney movie.”

As well as avoiding taking photos with the animals, police also urged the public to avoid attempting to pet or stroke them, or getting too close. If you see a wild elk, instead you should keep a safe distance away.

In 2017, a rare while elk drew crowds of visitors hoping to catch a glimpse after a video went viral, and again police had to warn the public to treat the animal with care and avoid approaching it. The elk then grew aggressive, charging at a dog-walker, which led police to say they would need to kill the elk if they could not chase it away from the residential area.

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