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Mythical Creature Fair Game For Hunters

Publicerat torsdag 10 november 2005 kl 17.10

A mythical monster, believed by some to have lived for hundreds of years in the murky depths of a Swedish lake, is now fair game for hunters - if they can find it. Authorities have agreed to lift its endangered species protection.

Hundreds of people claim to have spotted a large serpent-like creature in Lake Storsjön in the northwestern province of Jämtland, and in 1986 the regional council put it on a list of endangered animals.

But a government watchdog challenged the decision, saying such protection was hardly necessary for a creature whose existence has not been proven. The regional council agreed to remove the listing this month, but declined to rule out that there is a monster living in the 100-meter (300-foot) deep lake.

”It exists, in as much as it lives in the minds of people,” the council’s chief legal adviser Peter Lif said about the purported beast. ”But I guess we’ll have to agree that it cannot be proved scientifically, and then it should not be listed as an endangered species.”

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