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Annual moose hunt underway

Published måndag 5 september 2016 kl 10.40
Hunting season for the elk or European moose. Photo: MIKAEL FRITZON / TT
Hunting season for the elk or European moose. Photo: MIKAEL FRITZON / TT

The annual moose or elk hunt starts on Monday in the north of Sweden. And the number of people interesting in going hunting is on the way up.

Every year, tens of thousands of elks are hunted during the annual hunt, which begins in the beginning of September in the north, while hunters in the south have to wait until October, after the main part of the mating season is over.

More and more people are taking the test that will allow you to get a hunting licence in Sweden. Last year, just over 13,300 people passed the theoretical part of the test. That is the highest number in over 20 years, reports Swedish Television.

Most of Sweden's hunters take part in the elk hunt, which is largely a recreational event, but also a method to limit the country's moose population.

The European moose or elk (Alces alces) is smaller than the American moose (Alces Americanus), but should not be confused with what in North American English is known as elk, which is more similar to a red deer.

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