Aggressive elk in northern Sweden prompt police warning

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A different elk spotted earlier this month in the town of Eskilstuna. (Laura Wihlborg/Sveriges Radio)
A different elk spotted earlier this month in the town of Eskilstuna. (Laura Wihlborg/Sveriges Radio)
Police in northern Sweden are warning residents to be on the lookout for aggressive elk who reportedly lunged at people on the island of Frösön.

Officers were called to the area late Sunday evening after two male elk threatened pedestrians by rushing at them. The animals could not be found but, according to residents, a female elk and her calves and two male elk are living in the area.

Police in Jämtland county said the elk may pose a threat to safety and that particular care should be taken if people are out walking dogs.

The county’s police department will decide today whether or not the elks should be killed to ensure public safety.

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