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Many missed shots in this year's bear hunt

TT/Clara Guibourg · 11 Sep 2011, 12:46

Published: 11 Sep 2011 12:46 GMT+02:00

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"If there's a wounded bear, there's a risk for humans if it comes near inhabited areas," said Josefin Olsson, conservation officer at Norrbotten's County Administrative Board, to national radio station SR.

Björn Sundgren, from the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management (Jägareförbundet), is dismayed at the large number of failed shots fired this year.

He believes a possible explanation lies in the record-sized population of 3,300 bears, which has led to more inexperienced hunters coming eye to eye with Sweden's largest predator.

"There are so many bears now that sooner or later you're going to stumble across one in a hunting situation. And if you don't have experience shooting bear but do it anyway, it might go wrong," he said to SR.

Sundgren pointed out that it is very difficult bringing down a bear.

"It's definitely better to hold off. The hit area isn't large, it's the size of a couple of hands," he said.

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Thus far, 224 of the allotted quota of 295 bears have been shot and killed. In total, Sweden has a bear population of roughly 3,300 bears.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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14:15 September 11, 2011 by Intrigued Swede
Speaking of bears in Sweden - where is the best place to find one (preferably alive...)?

I would love to see them in the wild somehow. Are there tours?
15:43 September 11, 2011 by johan rebel
The main difference between Sweidsh hunters and the criminals responsible for gangland shootings in places like Malmö is that the latter seem to be far better shots. As long as they shoot other criminals instead of defensesless bears, that's OK.

15:58 September 11, 2011 by summo
34 shots, it's irrelevant without knowing how many shots they fired in total, it's not news. If they fired 35 shots then something is wrong, but if say there were 200 hunters and in total they fired 10 shots each, then it's hardly a staggering percentage.

First folk moan that putting bait down to lure bears into one place to make them easier and safer to kill is wrong, now when folk are out hunting them and they miss, that's wrong too. It's called hunting because there is an element of chance / lucky, otherwise it will be just be like taking a cow to an abbatoir, unfortunately bears don't line up in fields waiting to go (not that cows do it deliberately, they just don't know any better).

Town folk just need to go back to worrying about how bus and train times don't always interconnect at terminals and who serves the best carry out kaffe on the way to work in the morning.
16:52 September 11, 2011 by Attestupa
I really cannot understand the acceptance in Sweden of hunting wild animals as a sport. What difference does it make whether there are 3,300 or 3,600 bears in a country of this size ? Sweden brands itself as a forward-looking society and as an example to others. Surely the days are gone when it was necessary to kill other creatures, such as deer or wild boar, for food. Nowadays it is unacceptable for middle class people to dress up in all the expensive paraphernalia to take pleasure in killing animals. They are taking away from a wild animal the only thing that it has - its life.
17:33 September 11, 2011 by GLO
This is a problem. When you have a too large pop of any game, you need to hunt. My problem, the high number of misses is poor hunter skills. I am very mad these jerks dont have the skills needed, wrong ammo, guns, weak brain.

I hunt small game for food and skill. I just do not see how you can kill a bear.Just not for me, missplaced act. I would prefer only professional hunters do this bad act.
17:45 September 11, 2011 by Borilla
If these brave hunters want to kill bears, let them go out without guns and do it with their bare hands. Then we won't have the problem of unqualified half-drunk people running around our forests with guns.
18:12 September 11, 2011 by dizzymoe33
If you are going to shoot at an animal make sure you if you do hit it that you actually kill the animal don't wound it and let it suffer.
19:04 September 11, 2011 by Alannah
First they try to kill wolves and now bears ... and injured bears are a risk to humans, according to a Swedish spokesperson?? Well, what about not shooting and injuring them in the first place. How stupid a quote is that!
19:38 September 11, 2011 by Scorch


The hunting is also to keep their numbers at good level. If no one hunted, these animals would grow in numbers and start to seek out food closer and closer to


Ask any person who's against hunting if they would change their mind if their 4-year-old who's playing in the garden gets attacked by a wild boar with piglets

No, hunting is just not for the food. The food is just a bonus (and a damn good one too)
20:23 September 11, 2011 by summo
trouble is all the city folk here, don't live anywhere near where boars, wolves or bears might roam. There are plenty of reasons why they need to be control, if only for the sake of livestock, let alone everyone else enjoying the outdoors. Wolves and bears are predators - fact, boar cause a massive amount of damage and because of idiots feeding them, many no longer avoid human habitation.

For those of you who don't like it, no one is asking you to hunt, watch or read about it. As I've said before, as fair percentage of that nicely packaged food on the supermarket shelf will have suffered much more than these wild animals being shot, but that doesn't stop you buying it, because it's out of sight out of mind - double standards.
21:32 September 11, 2011 by jack sprat
No great surprise there.

From what I've seen of Swedens great white hunters, most of them couldn't hit a cows arse with a shovel.
22:46 September 11, 2011 by philster61
Summo, Why then don't you move to a city? You are living in the wildlife's natural territory so you are the alien.....And on another note, Sweden has no right whatsoever to proclaim itself environmentally friendly, or a green zone or whatever else it thinks it is if it feels the need to kill its great bears... How hypocritical of them to lecture to the world how much they protect its nature when it goes on the hunt of its bears.....
04:09 September 12, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
I have said this before and will it say again:

I wish those creatures could shoot back!

What allows 6 billion+ of the most cruel, vicious, kill for fun, religion, politics, personal gain and for sport, human animals to live on this planet.

We need population control to the point that bears, etc. will never be bothered by people.
13:18 September 12, 2011 by Alaskan
"trouble is all the city folk" ? Sweden is one huge city...even the few small parts of this country with small human poulation densities are covered in trash, clear cuts and a miss managed wildlife. Sweden has no concept of proper natural resource management, no respect for its natural environment and absoloutely no concept of what a real wilderness would constitute. I spent a large part of my life living in a place with bears, Black & Grizzly, regularly on our back porch and a normal week would include at least a doen encounters with both species. On our 11 mile lake, we had two packs of Wolves living either end. Nearest human neibor 150k away. Now live in a place where everyone runs around chasing Moose each fall, most can`t shoot, most can`t hunt (they have dogs to do that, and its often the dog is shot instead of the Moose, cos most of the so called "hunters" can`t shoot anyway..) And, when they finally do bag a Moose, it tastes like crap because of all the stress induced adrenalin. Would do a lot more good and be way more beneficial if Swedens "hunters" would put down the guns and head out into the countryside with garbage bags.
14:58 September 12, 2011 by summo
clearly Sweden is not as remote as Alaska, bully for you for coming from there. I've been twice myself and wouldn't say it is any cleaner than Sweden.

ps. Alaska is part of the USA(as you know), which has to be easily the worst nation for it's environmental record, both at home and around the globe.
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