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Massive boar shreds leg of Swedish elk hunter

The Local · 25 Oct 2010, 18:10

Published: 25 Oct 2010 18:10 GMT+02:00

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“He was bloody when I arrived,” hunting team leader Erling Thorstensson told the Aftonbladet newspaper in describing the attack on his hunting companion.

The forest’s thick underbrush and tightly packed saplings made it difficult for Thorstensson and his fellow hunters to see exactly what had caused their dogs to start barking as they made their way through the woods near the Ems herrgård estate outside of Mönsterås in southeastern Sweden on Sunday.

The ten or so hunters expected to see a lumbering elk emerge from the trees as the dogs worked to flush out the beast.

But instead of an elk, a huge wild boar appeared and raced toward the team’s dog handler, catching the dumbstruck hunters by surprise.

Before any of them could raise their guns, the boar had already put a sizeable gash in their friend's leg.

“The boar attacked and tore up his leg with his powerful tusks,” said Thorstensson.

The wounded hunter managed to make it to a nearby path under his own power before his fellow hunters came to his aid.

The hunt was subsequently broken off and the injured man was taken to hospital in Oskarshamn where he received 16 stitched to repair the wound left by the hostile boar. He is expected to make a full recovery, however.

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Later on Sunday, other hunters shot and killed the aggressive boar.

When it was later weighed, the wild beast tipped the scales at 205 kilogrammes, making it among the largest wild boars ever shot in Sweden, according to Aftonbladet.

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18:53 October 25, 2010 by SilverBattleAxe
Aggressive boar? If 10 people were pointing guns at me then I would charge at them also. 200 kg is a very large boar...
19:50 October 25, 2010 by Gamla Hälsingebock
Too bad, boars do not carry guns too!
21:18 October 25, 2010 by ooh456
Something about hunting really turns me off. And by the way there are no elk in Sweden. You must of course, be a British person who doesn't know the word is "moose." Glad to help you out again on your English.
22:08 October 25, 2010 by Debaraja
Too bad the boar had not invited his mates too. They would have a hell of a time chasing hunters - an euphemism for killers.
22:14 October 25, 2010 by Tanskalainen
It's pretty bad when Christmas dinner eats YOU!
22:43 October 25, 2010 by facetedjewel
There is that old joke about how you don't need to outrun the lion; just be faster than the guy next to you. No one had time to run. They weren't paralyzed by surprise, but by their unmet expectations.
23:19 October 25, 2010 by jack sprat
@ gamla,"Too bad, boars do not carry guns too! "

Give em time I'm sure they'll get round to it.

..just like that moose which disarmed a Swedish hunter three years ago then proceeded to shoot him up his backside.

Must admit a 200 kg boar would look a very tasty sight on the Christmas dinner table.

Enough to go round and fill all the doggy bags too.
23:45 October 25, 2010 by diegoveggie
hahahha awesome
23:49 October 25, 2010 by heu
Too bad they got the poor boar. Hopefully the injured imbecile will never hunt again.

@ooh456: Alces alces is known as moose in the americas, but it is known as Elk in Europe. *European Elk" to be more precise. They are obviously not the same as the North American Elks.
01:07 October 26, 2010 by SilverBattleAxe
@ooh456: The "Elk" referred to here is actually a moose (Alces alces). An Elk (Cervus canadensis) is a different animal that only lives in North America and eastern Asia. Moose and Elk are both native to North America and Asia. In Swedish, the Alces alces is called an Älg. Swedish to English dictionaries translate Älg to Elk, even though the animal referred to here is actually a moose. English to Swedish dictionaries translate both moose and elk to Älg even though they are not the same animal.
02:12 October 26, 2010 by Sam1
Nice story i shall say it to my child before bed and add some pepper and action to it
04:35 October 26, 2010 by RememberAisha
Feel sorry they got that poor boar :(

If they were hunting for food then I feel for the hunters as well, if for sport... I am just a bit sad the boar didnt do more damage.
07:02 October 26, 2010 by Hamish
hope it did not get away and there will be wild pork on his plate after the attack

yummy!!! wild pig is very tasty
08:46 October 26, 2010 by orangecake
Not as yummy as wild elk-hunter.
08:55 October 26, 2010 by Great Scott

The word Elk (Alces, Elg, Elch, Älg) (biggest type of deer with big antlers) was being used in Europe before the western colonies where even discovered. The word Moose came about by early Europeans in the western colonies and was a mistake made in 1606.
10:00 October 26, 2010 by scientist22
Nah! 200 kg tuskers don't make good eating. It's the baby ones, about 15-20 kilos that are best for the pot
11:18 October 26, 2010 by The.Local.Troll
Maybe the boar thought he was going to be buggered like those poor horses?
14:30 October 26, 2010 by americanska
First off. Great Scott and Ohh456- the word moose was not a mistake. It was the Brits that didn't know what an Elk was. So when they saw a North American "Elk" they called it an Elk.

Then when they later saw what really was an Elk, they said. Oh crud, we already called something else an Elk. So they used the native sounding word "Moose"

Second - it makes me sick the amount of people that look down their noses at hunting. Elk/Moose hunters eat what they kill. I'm sure they waste less flesh than you city slickers that buy your sausages and stakes from a supermarket and think your sophisicated because you'd never hard an animal.

Your probalby the same type of people that only buy "free range"...well wild game is the most free range meat in the world.
14:32 October 26, 2010 by eppie
Do we have to have this moose/elk discussion every time the local places and article about some kind of swedish wildlife?

Why do people have so many problems understanding that things have different names in different countries?

And yes sometimes that is confusing when the different name is the same as you know another thing with, but it is hardly rocket science.
15:26 October 26, 2010 by Åskar

Do you have a cite for the elk/moose story or have you and I independently come to the same obvious conclusion?
15:37 October 26, 2010 by Great Scott

"It was the Brits that didn't know what an Elk was. So when they saw a North American "Elk" they called it an Elk." Hence the mistake.

What bought this about is this statement from ooh456 "And by the way there are NO elk in Sweden. You must of course, be a British person who doesn't know the word is "moose." Glad to help you out again on your English."

And yes you are right "moose" is not even an English word, but is from a Native American language.
15:47 October 26, 2010 by Swedesmith
So is it proper to call my sister-in-law a moose if she is not Swedish?
16:09 October 26, 2010 by facetedjewel
This cite was interesting.

16:43 October 26, 2010 by Åskar

Call her a wapiti as that is what what-the-Americans-think-is-an-elk is called in Swedish.
17:39 October 26, 2010 by SilverBattleAxe
@ Åskar: For a thorough and accurate discussion of why Alces alces (Älg) is called an Elk in Sweden and a Moose in North America, see the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose Etymology and naming. The story that americanska has given above is correct and is the same story described in Wikipedia.
19:22 October 26, 2010 by calebian22

No matter what you call her, elk, moose or wapiti, her sister that you are married to will most likely field dress you. ;-)
20:30 October 26, 2010 by Swedesmith
Fortunately she does not visit this site.
21:14 October 26, 2010 by americandude
Be it a moose or an elk. That is a lot of meat.

Think how many cows and pigs and don't need to be slaughtered because there are people that would rather hunt their food than depend on the production of others.

Maybe the animal rights people should think about that because demonizing the hunters.
22:20 October 26, 2010 by mjennin2
Holy crap, that's like 450 lbs of pig...geesh. What does boar taste like? Is it a meat offered readily in Swedish markets? Or is it just hunters game?

Amerikanska on Post #17 hit the nail on the head with their validation of hunting. I agree entirely.
23:01 October 26, 2010 by facetedjewel
Meanwhile . . . the creator of perhaps the most famous moose in the world, Bullwinkle, has died - Alexander Anderson Jr., age 90. Still pretty sure Bullwinkle is a moose.

15:58 October 29, 2010 by james_g
Look - can we just put this to bed finally? The (European or Eurasian) elk (Alces alces) is an ELK! Alces, elgr, elg, elch, älg, whatever; all from the same root. It has had this name since LONG before European (British?) explorers mistakenly applied the name to the wapiti (Cervus canadensis), thus necessitating a different name, moose, for the American version of Alces alces.

The elk was extinct in the UK by the 16th century so early Brits in America would likely have known it only by description - hence when they saw this very large deer they probably just thought 'Ah - it must be one of them there elk'

Wapiti (Cervus canadensis) - wapiti is from the Shawnee waapiti, meaning white rump

Moose (Alces alces), with a long previous history in Eurasia of being called an elk: earliest recorded usage 1613, from an Algonquian language, probably Narragansett moos (cf. Abenaki mus, Penobscot muns), said by early sources to be from moosu "he strips off," in reference to the animals' stripping bark for food.
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