Dane shot famed albino moose

Moose lovers were mourning the highly publicized loss this week of Norway’s near-legendary albino moose, killed by a Danish hunter who reportedly has few regrets. The moose wandered into his hunting area southeast of Oslo and he simply pulled the trigger.

Newspapers VG and Dagbladet were among those carrying stories about the Norway's famous white moose being shot by a Danish hunter. PHOTO: Views and News

Most Norwegian newspapers carried stories on Thursday about the hunting incident near Spydeberg, Østfold County, on Wednesday. Danish hunter Ole Frost was said to be unaware that the moose, nicknamed Albin, was popular and had been informally protected even by local hunting teams.

“The Dane hadn’t registered that the white moose was still protected,” Sigmund Lereim told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “And when a large moose ox comes into your post, it’s possible to make a mistake. But we’re of course not especially happy that Albin was shot. It’s sad.”

For photos and video, see NRK’s coverage (external link, in Norwegian).

Frost, who had arrived for hunting in Norway on Monday, told Danish website bt.dk that he’d heard about a protected moose a few years ago but nothing recently. “So when I get it in my corner, I have just a few seconds to think about what I should do,” he told bt.dk. “But I decided to shoot the moose and it’s a decision I stand by.”

He quickly realized he hadn’t shot “just any moose, and when we gathered around it, someone said there would probably be press coverage.” He repeated that he “stands by” his decision to kill the moose, “although I would gladly be without all the noise that’s come afterwards.” He said he was “a bit amazed” that the shooting sparked so much reaction.

Lereim claimed that he thought Frost actually had some mixed feelings about the shooting because he packed up and ended his hunt immediately. But Lereim conceded it “was no wishful situation” that Albin is dead, even though Lereim told newspaper Dagbladet that Albin wasn’t “100 percent albino. He had grey eyes and a reddish-brown mane.” He was five years old.

Albin had been protected, if only by loose agreement among Norwegian hunters, since first spotted in 2007. “We had agreed that no one is so hungry for meat that we had to shoot him” Lereim said. His fellow Danish hunter clearly thought differently.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund
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  • Thomas K Nilsen

    Ok Sven, Rolf, Knut, Ingrid, Bjørn and Olaf! Get your rifles! It is open season on all Danes!

    • http://twitter.com/Sephiroth_VII NCLI

      Uh, I think that’s a bit overkill. I do apologize on behalf of my people though, most of us aren’t this insensitive.

  • Anonymous

    i’d have no regrets hunting this guy

  • Willicent

    Spontaneous hunters with ear to ear grins are a bit scary

  • http://www.borderinvasionpics.com FlatFoot

    There are food stores throughout Europe and Ole Frost certainly does not look like he is on the verge of starving to death. Why did he feel compelled to shoot and kill such a magnificent specimen of nature? For the meat? For the pelt? For the antlers?

    No. He killed that unique creature simply for the thrill of it. For the ‘good times’. For plain old bragging rights. The mighty hunter can now tell the story of how he killed this rare and unique creature just going about its instinctual business of surviving, bothering no one, and how he butchered it and made a trophy of the carcass. He can display its mounted head over the fireplace mantle and reflect on what a hardcore effective killer he is. Good job, Ole. You the man now, dawg.

    You’re a real tough guy he-man, Ole Frost. You and your high-powered long rifle from a great distance are to be feared… and abhorred.

    Just, please, stay off the island campgrounds where children gather for peaceful good times. Okay? Thanks, Big Bad Killer Dude.

  • Ferskpresset

    A moose is a moose. Just put this story in a human context, and what do you get? Oh yes, WW2.

  • StanMortensen

    Ok let me get this straight, guy hears about a sort of protected Moose, sees an all white Moose in his sight line and thinks to himself, heck its’ a Moose and all Moose must be white and shoots hit. I think Ole has had his 15 minutes of shame with the lame explanation. God help us if he ever comes to Canada and mistakes a Spirit Bear for a Grizzly Bear. I do not think his chances of getting out of here in one piece would be very good.
    I suppose next he will tell us he is colour blind.
    Of course, except for culling of herds, I see no reason for non-aboriginal hunting in this century.
    Pity though, it looked like a magnificent animal.

  • kiwirob

    Personally I don’t see why the Norwegians have a problem with this, they certainly didn’t have a problem when a bunch or Norwegian hunters shot endangered species in NZ last year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mortenmost Morten Møst

      Rob, please show us who “they” are. The truth is that the story caused an uproar here and was covered by most national media including this one.

    • http://twitter.com/ShadowTani Tanisha Strømsvik

      Ugh, frigging governments should realize hunting of national wildlife should not be allowed for tourists unless one specie is considered a pest (like bunnies in Australia that due to no natural enemy procreate like crazy); that goes for both our own government and other ones. *sensored*… =_=

    • Anonymous

      Oh my friend, these “hunters” who where shown on YouTube are not exactely popular in Norway. If they could be indentified they would be extradited to NZ to answer for their sins. Have no doubt about that. What these guys did contradicts all norwegian hunting traditions.

  • Anonymous

    here is what i think, you can look at this story from two sides, first Human, i am syrian, people in my country being shot dead day in night out by their own goverment, and where is the world!!?
    second emotional, this beautiful breed of albino is one of kind and we all can agree on that, one thing been forgotten though how long the albino can be left roaming around, eventually will breed and 3,4, or 5 other albinos will be born not as uniqe as this one, and then the emotional factor with this beautiful animal will be demolished for reasoning, the albino is gone, people get over it and take stand make his memory a sympol for peace love not death threats …..

  • http://airanimechiic.blogspot.com Sungel

    lol?

  • sofwannabe

    Hilarious to think it, but I think the moose was actually cremello. It’s a common dilution gene in horses. They look white but are actually cream-coloured. Anyway, I’m outraged that this (swear word omitted) had the audacity to come to my country and shoot a protected animal.