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Snowmobile hunters run over wolverine five times

The Local/og · 22 Mar 2012, 10:06

Published: 22 Mar 2012 10:06 GMT+01:00

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“This would have been extremely painful for the wolverine,” said prosecutor Christer B Jarlås to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The men, both aged 30, were snowmobiling in April 2010 at Arjeplogsfjällen, northern Sweden, when they decided to attack the wolverine.

It is alleged that they ran over the animal five times, crushing its skull and killing it, before dumping the body in a pond 12 kilometres away. Preliminary investigations led experts to believe the hunt may have even lasted several days.

While the men initially denied the charges, an investigation showed that the tracks in the snow were extremely clear, and showed the exact course the vehicle took, twisting and looping in efforts to hit the animal.

Wolverine hair and blood were found buried in the snow, and even though the animal’s fur was also found on the snowmobile, the men continued to deny the charges. They did however acknowledge that they had been in the area at the time.

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Jarlås argued that the crime is deserving of two years in prison for the two men, as the cruelty was especially brutal.

The verdict will be delivered in two weeks.

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Your comments about this article

10:39 March 22, 2012 by Borilla
More brave hunters.
10:39 March 22, 2012 by johan rebel
Two years sounds about right, but in Sweden they often hand out shorter sentences for homicide,
10:58 March 22, 2012 by J Jack
What cowards to deny it .. they should admit and apologize and do 4 year apprenticeships servicing snowmobiles and learning self defense.
11:08 March 22, 2012 by StockholmSam
What was the point of killing this animal, anyway, especially in such a brutal way?
11:35 March 22, 2012 by gabeltoon
SHAME ON THEM. And they are human. What kind of person lowers themselves to such brutality .A much longer sentence is needed.
11:45 March 22, 2012 by Åskar
@johan rebel

Would you care to provide some statistics to corroborate your claim.
12:15 March 22, 2012 by Rishonim
Askar, Johan is right. Haven't you been reading up on the ridiculous sentences the hand out for murder, rapes etc? It tend to range between 6 months for rape and 18 months for murder.

12:45 March 22, 2012 by orangetree
it is suprising that swedsih police show talent in such cases. But always missing in city crimes. But good work anyhow!
13:43 March 22, 2012 by RobinHood
Two years! Two years! You get less than that for punching an old lady to death in a supermarket carpark just for taking your parking space.

Oh well, it could have been worse. They might have run over a hedgehog. In Sweden, it's a minimum of 12 years for killing a hedgehog.
13:58 March 22, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
These scum bags should get life in prison! I hate people that are cruel to animals!
15:03 March 22, 2012 by micvau
Instead of sentancing them to 2 years, Sentance both of them to 1 week with me in the mountains of Åre and let me play with them and show them athe same degree of curtacy and respect that they have show to this wonderful animal. Let the hunter become the hunted .Premitive scum of the earth these kind of people.
15:30 March 22, 2012 by Svensksmith
They got what they deserved. Too bad other criminals don't.
15:31 March 22, 2012 by zooeden
2 years for an animal and 4 for a human... whatever!
15:31 March 22, 2012 by Miss Kitten
They shouldn't get any jail time at all. Instead they should be sentenced to being run over five times by a snowmobile. Let's see how they like it.
16:45 March 22, 2012 by libertarianism
Their hunting licenses (and snowmobile licenses?) should be permanently revoked (EU-wide at least), and they should be permanently banned from ownership of any animal (EU-wide at least).

I would also make them eat the entire wolverine.
18:07 March 22, 2012 by strixy
When it comes to animal cruelty I am inclined to follow the 'eye for an eye' principle. There are no mitigating circumstances for animal abuse.
20:23 March 22, 2012 by JohnnyEnglish
Swedish courts shouldn't interfere with Sami affairs.
21:09 March 22, 2012 by Liquidmonkey
there go hunters being super brave.... again.

if only wolverines could drive snowmobiles :)
22:01 March 22, 2012 by dizzymoe33
I think those two idiots should be stripped down naked and hunted through the snow and woods like the animals they are and ran over with a snow mobile 5x's and see how they liked that?!!! I am not against hunting when it is first done legally and second it is to provide food for your family. I will never condone hunting for sport or to just kill something!
00:35 March 23, 2012 by phil23456
I have to wonder, who brought these people up? What sort of society did they grow up in? What sort of schools did they attend? Is there any hope for them?
01:22 March 23, 2012 by Da Goat
I love your questions people ....Answer 1% of people are Psychopaths and feel no way about hurting animals or people!

we just have to keep 2 people in every 2 hundred people from getting together! other wise bad news for something!
02:32 March 23, 2012 by TheWatchman

Sounds good.


That's just crazy. Sweden needs to update the punishments for these crimes. Sweden is no longer the little peaceful cozy cold country it once was.
09:48 March 23, 2012 by OUIJA
I think that some of you have missed one important point: The wolverine is an endagered breed in many countries. Its population in Sweden and in Norways is not more than 230 wolverines. Hunters chase them because of their beautiful skin.

Despite contrary belief, the wolverine is not related to the wolf. Actually, the wolverine belongs to the weasel family. Much like the weasel, the wolverine is very shy and scarcely seen. They are very clever and resourceful. They are most noted for their aggressiveness and fearlessness. The wolverine is always on the move and is always trying different ways to get the job done.

The wolverine in Sweden is officially listed as endangered and is not subject to hunting. However, recently a few family groups have been killed in the purpose of reducing conflict with the domestic reindeer herding industry in northern areas.

What these two Swedish idiots did was to massacre a quite rare animal. If you want to read all about this beauty, go to


I suggest them to be send to a pack of wolverines so these magnificent creatures could have a nice lunch. No, wrong. Idiot's flesh can certainly poison them.
14:13 March 23, 2012 by soultraveler3
Agree with strixy in comment 16.

Take these a-holes out to the forest and run them over 5 times each with a snowmobile. See how they like it.

People are so sick. :/
19:23 March 23, 2012 by SeaBunnie
The poor baby! I hate animal cruelty!!

They need to do a psych-eval on those two men....cruelty to animals such as this, is usually a starting point to much worse crimes down the road.
20:27 March 23, 2012 by waffen
There is no excuse or defense for what these two did to the wolverine.

Two years in prision is insufficient.

They should be sentenced first to two years, and ten years in the wild, under supervision, caring for and attending to all of the living creatures in a given habitat. They should be given snow-shoes or skis, and no weapons. They should live in a cabin and provide their own sources of fire-wood and water, and they should never be allowed to kill any animal for their food.

They can eat the standard prison rations.

When they finish with that ten years, they should be totally evaluated for office jobs that serve wildlife.

Should they live exemplary lives, fine, should they not, they should lose their citizenship and their right to live in Sweden.
00:08 March 28, 2012 by Myles MacLean
They are lucky the wolverine is dead.In Canada,one wolverine,caught in a trap,escaped by chewing off his own foot.He then tracked the man who laid the trap back to his cabin.When the hunter returned from his trap line he found the wolverine had bled to death from his injuries.Before his death he had destroyed everything of any use to anyone in the cabin.He had even eaten the stocks of two shotguns left there.

Anyone with any sense at all steers well clear of these animals.

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