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Woman gored by hormonal bull elk

A Norwegian woman running a forest race has been attacked and gored in the leg by a male elk agitated by normal autumnal hormone changes.

Woman gored by hormonal bull elk
Peter Van Den Bossche

The 39-year-old off-road runner received a deep wound near her thigh and had to be airlifted out of the grassy alpine area Nittedal, a popular wintertime ski resort.

“She probably has a broken femur,” Romerike police chief Arild Ruud told news agency NTB.

The attack occurred on Monday night just after 7pm in an area teeming with young and old joggers who witnessed the attack.

Norwegian conservation authorities are looking for the bull, although photographs showing the injured runner lying prone in wet alpine grass also show a female elk standing in the background just 15 metres away.

Conservation authorities say male elks are known to grow increasingly agitated during their spring and autumn rut, or mating seasons. Canadian wildlife web sites are rich with warnings that the male moose, as the animal is called in North America, is the forest’s most dangerous animal during these times.

The male will go out of his way to charge a person and cross great distances in just seconds to launch an assault with what can be a 1.5-metre wide set of spiky antlers, or horns.

The European elk tends to stand a full 30 centimetres shorter than its North American counterpart. Males typically weigh in at about 550 kilograms.

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

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The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.

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