Wild boar hunter in strife for elk kill

A hunter in Lessebo who thought he had shot a wild boar but instead found he had shot a small elk has been charged by Växjö district court with illegal hunting, reports the Smålandsposten newspaper.

The incident occurred in the district of Lessebo, in Småland, this summer. The accused man had been sitting, together with his hunting companion, in a hunting lookout for a number of hours, waiting, and watching, for wild boar.

At around 4 o’clock in the morning, in full light, the hunters spotted what they thought was a very large boar. The man took careful aim, and then fired.

But when the hunters arrived to inspect their prey, it was immediately clear that this was no wild boar, but rather a small elk. Växjö district court is prosecuting the man for breaching hunting regulations, as it is illegal to shoot elks during the month of June.

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‘Stop taking selfies with elk,’ police warn Stockholmers

Stockholm police have asked the public to stop taking photos with elk, after several of the wild animals had to be killed after getting agitated by selfie-takers.

'Stop taking selfies with elk,' police warn Stockholmers
Whether in nature or in the city, if you do see an elk in Sweden, always keep a distance. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/

Police needed to shoot the elk after they wandered into residential areas including Nacka and Enskede in the capital, Mitt i Stockholm reports.

“An elk that has got lost can usually find its way back if it is calm. But when people run up and take pictures, it becomes stressed and aggressive. It is utterly misanthropic and it’s outrageous that people do not understand better,” police officer Kenneth Kronberg, responsible for the National Game Accident Council (NVR), told the newspaper. 

“Game wardens have agreed that there is nothing wrong with the elk in the city. However, they get very stressed because there are so many people trying to take pictures. That’s why we have to kill the elk, because of 08-ers [a pejorative term for Stockholmers] who think the animal world looks like a Walt Disney movie.”

As well as avoiding taking photos with the animals, police also urged the public to avoid attempting to pet or stroke them, or getting too close. If you see a wild elk, instead you should keep a safe distance away.

In 2017, a rare while elk drew crowds of visitors hoping to catch a glimpse after a video went viral, and again police had to warn the public to treat the animal with care and avoid approaching it. The elk then grew aggressive, charging at a dog-walker, which led police to say they would need to kill the elk if they could not chase it away from the residential area.