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Local watch group resigns after elk invasion

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Local watch group resigns after elk invasion
An elk - Photo: Runeness/Flickr
09:28 CET+01:00
The annual invasion of elk to the town of Finnsnes in northern Norway has reached such high levels that the neighbourhood group tasked with rescuing and herding the animals is now refusing to coming to the aid of citizens.
"There have been so many dangerous situations that we simply do dare not take on any more missions to hunt elk," said Jan Oddvar Eriksen, head of the local Ettersøksringen, the organisation locals can call if they find wounded or stray animals.  
 
About 120 elk come into Finnsnes every winter, feeding on shrubs in people's gardens and whatever other food they can find. 
 
Eriksen told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that his team has already been called out 48 times since the snow fell late last year and he has now decided to terminate an agreement with the local mayor to deal with the town's elk. 
 
"Something must be done. Politicians have to get on track," he said. 
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