Another moose shot in Oslo

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Yet another moose wandered too far from the safer forests around Norway’s capital on Friday, and ended having to be shot on a street in the busy Majorstuen neighborhood of Oslo.

The moose was first spotted around the parking lot of Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)’s headquarters at Marienlyst around midday. More calls came in to the city’s wildlife authorities from worried residents as the moose wandered farther towards downtown, through the crowded streets of Majorstuen.

The moose was finally shot on Vibes Gate, just blocks from Oslo’s busiest shopping street of Bogstadveien.

A total of five moose have had to be destroyed in Oslo during the past few weeks. One moose was shot after running along the railroad tracks at Skøyen, while another was killed at Smestad.

Authorities are unsure why moose have been moving into the city, but suspect heavy snows in the forest send the large animals looking for food. Attempts are made to put out food for the moose, to keep them out of populated areas.

For NRK’s coverage, a photo and some commentary in English, click here (external link).

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