All the moose

After a period so quiet they were upstaged on the Norwegian news scene by the virtually non-existent llama, the ‘King of the Forest’ was back in action, charming or terrifying people around the country. Here are the latest moose highlights.

Kjøpsvik in northern Nordland County has had an eventful moose season, with regular sightings of one or more traipsing around during the winter, and in recent weeks a young cow has been wandering around from garden to garden in the center of town. Despite regular efforts to convince the lady to get back to nature, the moose prefers a more urban setting.

A few weeks ago a dead moose turned up floating in the fjord at Kjøpsvik. It had to be taken out to deep water, punctured, and sunk, local newspaper Nord Salten reports. The victim was not the wandering cow, which may need to be run out of town as it is getting increasingly bold.

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Finding a moose floating in the river conjures up images of run-ins with gangsters, and strangely enough, in Eidskog in Hedmark County, the animals have apparently had a nasty meeting with the drugs trade.

In a raid on drug traffickers,  the bust not only turned up a range of incriminating weapons and narcotics, but two men taken in the action confessed to illegally killing and partially butchering a moose.

Police noted that the thighs and forelegs, as well as the tongue, were taken from the murdered moose, and that this could mean about 100 kilos of meat with a potential sales value of up to NOK 10,000 (USD 1,550). They would not speculate if this income might have been invested in drugs, or whether illegal moose hunting might be an emerging method of financing narcotics dealers.

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Residents of Kurland in Østland County had a livelier specimen of moose, as Ingvild Steen discovered.

“Everyone in Kurland must have heard me scream,” Ingvild told newspaper Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad.

As Ingvild neared the end of her jog, she ran into a moose cow with two calves as she ran uphill towards her car.

“I turned around and started to go calmly back, but then the moose started running after me. I ran down the hill, but fell,” she told the paper. “It was very close, and scary,” she said, recalling the moment when she looked up to see the moose towering over her just over a foot away. Luckily for Ingvild, the mother retreated to her calves.

Ironically, Ingvild had driven out of her way to run in Kurland, because she had feared meeting moose where she usually jogged. But the local wildlife committee is well acquainted with this moody moose, which has been frightening people for years. The committee has tried to chase it out of the area, without success.

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A much cuter moose made headlines in Drammens Tidende when local media held a competition to find a new name for a calf called Svein. Svein had been abandoned and was named after the man who found and rescued the moose, which is now living at Langedrag Nature Park. The only problem is, little Svein is a girl.

“I noticed it on Sunday night when we were out on a walk and the calf had to pee,” said animal caretaker Anne Lindvik. Svein is now called Svea, and there are two excellent pictorials of the calf viewable on the newspaper’s website: here and here.

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