Sheep 'fishing' worries farmers

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Sheep 'fishing' worries farmers
Not the sheep and the lamb in the story. Photo: Anca Tibor

Brutal sheep thieves are believed to be trying to catch animals in western Norway with fishing hooks, in a practice that has been dubbed ‘sheep fishing’ and which is causing concern in farming communities.


The problem came to light after a number of sheep in Skånevikfjord, between Stavanger and Bergen, were found with hooks in their fleece, newspaper Verdens Gang (VG) reported. A dead lamb was also found without its thighs. Farmer Olaf Sævareid said he didn’t know how many sheep had gone out of his flock of several hundred, but that his neighbour was also missing 7 or 8 ewes.

“I noticed the same thing last year, that they disappeared without trace. They came home from the mountain, then disappeared,” the farmer said.

Police say they believe the sheep are being stolen to be slaughtered.


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