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Two moose in central Stockholm  Sweden

Two moose in central Stockholm Sweden

On Friday morning, police received several calls about a moose on the loose. The first observation came shortly after 05:30, when the moose passed Skånegatan. They were then seen, among other places, in Vitabergsparken, in Östgötagatan, in Ringvägen and in Lilla Blecktornsparken.

But already shortly after 05, they were supposed to be targeted at Sickla Udde in Hammarby Sjöstad.

The police tried to keep passersby away from the moose.

“We are there with a patrol and it is about preventing a traffic situation,” says Karina Skagerlind, press spokesperson for the Stockholm Police District.

Before 9 a.m., moose are shot by municipal hunters in Lilla Blecktornsparken. Just before the shooting, police warned passers-by who had gathered to watch, after which many of them left the park.

He rejected calves last year

According to Richard West, wildlife and pest coordinator for the city of Stockholm, there were two calves from last year.

– They have been rejected from the garbage. He adds that they then wander around and try to find land of their own and they make a mistake.

He explains that when moose get lost and end up in an urban environment, they become very stressed. Then you have no choice but to euthanize them because they are unlikely to find their way into the fields.

– They're feeling very stressed, poor animals. They don't really know what they're doing. In order to protect people and property, we must do this.

“It looked like artificial intelligence,” says Vidar Aronson, who met the moose.

Photo: Vidar Aronson

“I felt like AI”

Vidar Aronsson, 35, came across a moose in Åsögatan shortly after 07:30 when he was taking his daughter to preschool by bike.

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“Look, there are strange horses there,” I shouted to her.

The moose passed quietly in the middle of the road.

– It seemed like artificial intelligence, although I actually tried it, says Vidar Aronson.

This is not the first time a moose has moved into the neighbourhood, which is located a stone's throw from Göttjatan, which runs like a main artery through the area.

In 2018, a moose was shot in a courtyard in Åsögatan, after a kill permit was issued when police ruled that the moose could not leave the inner city on its own.

This is not the first time a moose has wandered around Södermalm: