Boys in undies flee angry mountain bear – or cow

Two young boys camping in the mountains of western Norway fled in their underpants in the early hours of Friday morning after hearing what they believed was a roaring bear.

The two boys from Bergen ran bare-legged for half an hour after abandoning their tent in the mountains near Helleland and scampering down to the E35 motorway. One of the boys was clad only in his underwear, a detail described as “unusual” by a passing deliveryman.

At 4.30am, the terrified campers called the police from a petrol station in the village to report what they had heard.

“They reported in all seriousness that they had heard a roaring bear,” police investigator Victor Jensen told news agency NTB.

“They had been woken up by five or six loud roars that they said must have been the roars of a bear, even though they had never heard a bear roar before.”

Too scared to return to their tent, the boys instead checked in to a motel in the village where they spent the remainder of the night.

With no other reported bear sightings in the area, Jensen injected a note of scepticism.

“Personally I think it might have been a lowing cow, but nothing can be ruled out,” he told broadcaster NRK.

Other experts consulted by NRK said there were no bears in the area and guessed the boys had probably been frightened by a deer, a stag, or a cow.

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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.