An impetus was introduced Wednesday morning on the tracks of a metro line on the outskirts of Stockholm in Sweden, blocking the movement of trains.
"Around 8 a.m., we received a call from the police telling us that an elk was wandering" near the metro network, Claes Keisu, spokesman for SL, Stockholm's county public transport authority, told AFP.
Shortly before 11 a.m., the animal entered the subway area, probably crossing the fence protecting the tracks.
Slaughter the animal as a last resort
Since then, the mammal has been moving between four stations, using the tunnels, which led SL to interrupt traffic on the entire line. Replacement buses have been made available to passengers, adds Claes Keisu.
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Police, game wardens and metropolitan network personnel were dispatched to try to get the momentum out, or shoot it down as a last resort. "We made holes in the fence to show him the way out, but he doesn't listen to us," says Claes Keisu. "But it's difficult, he runs everywhere and fast."
"We try to stabilize it, if we ever have to shoot it down, it must be safe to do so," he said. SL hopes that traffic can resume in the afternoon.