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bears, boar, and wolves

Fears Grow of Wild Animals

Published lördag 13 februari 2010 kl 12.13

According to a new survey, the animal that scares Swedes the most is the bear, although wild boar and wolves are close behind.

Professor Göran Ericsson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, who led the study, says in recent years Swedes have become more and more afraid of wild animals.

Bears, boars, and wolves are in a group by themselves, with 44 percent of those surveyed saying they are scared about encountering a bear in the forest. One-third are afraid of meeting a wild boar, and 25 percent say they are scared of wolves.

Farther down on the list of feared wild creatures are moose (11 percent), lynx (10 percent) and wolverines (8 percent).

The situation was different when the first survey was conducted 30 years ago. Then the only wild animal that Swedes seemed to really fear were moose, with only 2 percent expressing concern about bears, boars, and wolves.

Experts say the fears are unmotivated, as most wild animals avoid people.

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