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Snow entices wandering elk

Published onsdag 23 februari 2011 kl 11.03
This elk was captured on camera.Photo:Nils Eklund/Sveriges Radio

The large amount of snow over these past two winters has resulted in an unusual rise in the numbers of elk and other large wild animals walking into urban areas.

Large mounds of snow have proved an enticing prospect for the elk, (moose in north American) who can use them as a stepladder to reach the rich pickings from apple and rowan berry trees.

Hunter Inge Öhrnerling sent this footage from central Luleå to Swedish Radio News:

"We have just had two relatively snow rich winters like we had in periods during the 70's and 80's when we saw the exact same thing, elk and other large animals searching for food where people live." said Göran Ericsson at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

People who see an elk are being advised not to feed it or get to close because it may provoke the animal.

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