Norwegian man chased up a tree by elk whilst jogging

A Norwegian man was forced to take refuge in a tree after being chased by an elk while out jogging.

Norwegian man chased up a tree by elk whilst jogging
A stock image of an elk. OndrejProsicky/Depositphotos

The animal ignored the man’s efforts to scare it off by shouting, and butted the tree in an attempt to force him down, NRK reports.

The running workout, along a path in Trondheim on Sunday, took a drastic turn for the man, who is in his 60s, the broadcaster writes.

An elk on the path cut such an aggressive form that the man was forced to seek refuge up a tree.

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Fortuitously, the man was carrying his mobile telephone and was able to contact police.

“When he spoke to us he was sitting up the tree and the elk was standing on the hill below him. He couldn’t get anywhere,” police officer Trond Volden of Trøndelag Police District told NRK.

Trondheim Municipality’s animal patrol has estimated the animal to be one and a half years old, weighing in at three hundred kilograms.

The runner’s attempts to scare the beast away proved in vain.

“He tried to scare off the elk by making noises, but the elk just got angry and started butting the tree,” Volden said.

But the animal eventually withdrew enough for the man to climb down and was some way from the path by the time police arrived.

Municipal animal control (Viltpatruljen) in Trondheim subsequently decided to destroy the elk.

“We have a large elk population in Trondheim. We have a low threshold for putting down elk which behave aggressively near inhabited areas, so we therefore decided to destroy this elk,” Geir Lasse Aune of Viltpatruljen Trondheim told NRK.

Aune added that elk spotted near inhabited areas should be avoided, particularly by people with dogs, which can cause a defensive reaction in the elk.

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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.