In the town Narvik, Norway, a hunter accidentally shot and killed two elk within the confines of a zoo. According to the hunters, their specially trained dogs led them to an enclosure of the Polar Park Arctic Wildlife Center, known as the “The World’s Northernmost Wildlife Park.“ One of the dogs ducked under and it wasn’t until after the bullet passed through one elk and lodged itself into another that the hunter realized his bullet also went through a fence.
This won’t exactly be the scandal that the Cecil the Lion death became. The incident’s already been reviewed by the Troms County wildlife tribunal. Arne Nysted, who chairs the council said, "This is a regrettable mistake made in connection with lawful hunting on the outside of the park. It was a fatal error, but everyone understands that it was not done at all on purpose.”
“We can’t explain what happened, but probably the hunter must have been so eager that he didn’t think,” said Polar Park CEO Heinz Strathmann.
While Polar Park won’t press charges against the hunter, the zoo is asking the hunters to pay for two new animals, the cost of the vet, autopsy, transportation, and destruction.