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The Foreigner Quick-thinking man staves off potentially fatal elk attack. UPDATED: A musher in Nordreisa, Troms County, saved himself and his dogs from serious harm using a flare when an angry female elk attacked them, Sunday. 61-year-old Bjørn Klubnes, who has 36 years experience as a musher, was on what started out as a regular trip. Coming across the elk and her calf, he decided to stop when he saw them in the light from his head-mounted torch 20 metres away.

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Quick-thinking man staves off potentially fatal elk attack

Published on Wednesday, 30th January, 2013 at 16:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 30th January 2013 at 18:52.

UPDATED: A musher in Nordreisa, Troms County, saved himself and his dogs from serious harm using a flare when an angry female elk attacked them, Sunday.



61-year-old Bjørn Klubnes, who has 36 years experience as a musher, was on what started out as a regular trip.

Coming across the elk and her calf, he decided to stop when he saw them in the light from his head-mounted torch 20 metres away.

“The female elk stood there and scrutinised us. I thought I should stand still and wait until she’d passed, but she showed no sign of wanting to back away,” Mr Klubnes told regional paper Nordlys.

It was only when he decided to move on that the female elk charged at them, slamming into the sled, attacking his dogs “and snarling like a monster.”

“I’ve never heard these kinds of noises from an elk”, Mr Klubnes recounted.

According to him, the dogs were still tethered to the towline and could not get away, either.

Frightened they would be killed, and not knowing how to get out of the situation, he suddenly remembered he had some flares and a pen signal with him.

“The first one went off and shot into the ground beneath me as I tried to affix it in the tumult. It was only when I managed to screw another one on that I was able to shoot a flare just above the elk’s back,” said Mr Klubnes.

“The cow then stopped kicking and withdrew, backing away slowly,” he added, saying his lead dog chose a new track, pulling him and the rest of the dog team safely away in another direction.



Published on Wednesday, 30th January, 2013 at 16:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 30th January 2013 at 18:52.

This post has the following tags: norwayelk, musherattack.


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