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Swedish man kills elk with a stone

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Swedish man kills elk with a stone
Not the elk in question. Photo: Pernilla Wahlman/TT
07:20 CEST+02:00
A Swedish man who was attacked by an elk on his land ended up killing the animal after throwing a stone at it to defend himself.

The old-fashioned method of self-defence was more effective than the Södertälje man had intended.

"The man called us and explained he had been attacked by an elk on his land. He threw a stone at the elk and it fell to the ground," Towe Hägg from Stockholm police explained.

Experts came to the scene and confirmed that there had been no breach of Sweden's hunting laws. Surprisingly, it is not the first time a homeowner has killed an elk with a stone in self-defence.

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In August 2007 a man who threw a stone at an elk in his Stockholm garden hit the animal in the side of the head and it dropped dead.

A similar event occurred in Västerås in 2014, when a man used a boule ball to try and scare away an angry elk.

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saxsymbol73 - 29 May 2018 00:18
Why do you use the Swedish term for moose?!? "Elk" is something else entirely in English--it is maddening to see it used to name moose!!
Emma Löfgren, Editor, The Local Sweden - 29 May 2018 11:22
Hi! The elk and the moose are the same animal in Europe (Alces Alces) and The Local has always tended to use the word elk. Here's an article we once wrote: https://www.thelocal.se/20130627/48736 But we do get this debate every now and again, so perhaps we should let Members vote on which word we should use? :)
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