Swedish radio used to scare off elk

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Swedish radio used to scare off elk

The listenership to Swedish Radio has been given a four-legged increase after animal lovers in northern Sweden hung up portable radios in an attempt to prevent the elk from slipping through thin ice.


According to the local Piteå Tidningen paper at least five elk and a deer have drowned in the region having fallen through the ice over the past week. 

Locals in Arjeplog have used various methods in order to get the animals to turn around and avoid the thin patches on the strait which flows into a local lake.

One method involved tying transistor radios to items of clothing and blaring out Swedish Radio (Sveriges Radio) station P4 at maximum volume.

"I have also fired shots into the air to scare them. Today I got four of them to turn around but there must be at least a dozen elk out here in the woods and above," said Michael Karlberg to the PT newspaper.

Arjeplog in northern Sweden has thick snow on the ground with temperatures as low as -14C already recorded this winter.

Another reason for wanting to prevent the deer from wading throug is to prevent any threat to the local water supply.

"Animals are an environmental hazard. It is a long time since we rescued alive elk from icy water and we don't want to expose our staff to that kind of danger," said head of rescue services Hans-Eric Jonsson to PT.

In addition to firing shots and playing the radio, locals have also trampled into the snow to make it freeze better and thus make it more secure for the wandering elk.

The Local/pr


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