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Hunter shoots two moose then realizes they were in a zoo

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, October 19, 2015, 3:57 PM - A Norwegian hunter was questioned by police after shooting two moose earlier this month, only to realize he had fired bullets through the fence of a zoo.

The animals were in the Polar Park Arctic Wildlife Center in northern Norway, CNN reports.

Police have not released the identity of the hunter, who was with a group of other hunters and trained dogs when the October 7 incident occurred.

According to CNN, one of the dogs picked up the scent of the animals and went under the fence of the park.

The hunter shot the moose before realizing they lived on protected land.

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Park officials were made aware of the incident when the leader of the hunting group came forward.

"We can't explain what happened, but probably the hunter must have been so eager that he didn't think," Polar Park CEO Heinz Strathmann told CNN.

"I was surprised. I had my mouth open for a while," Strathmann said. "This has never happened before -- and I don't think it will happen ever again. It is a one of a kind."

Strathmann told the news agency the park will not press charges against the hunter because the shooting was accidental, but the zoo has asked that all associated costs are covered.

"We have to buy two new moose, the cost of the vet, autopsy, transportation and destruction," he said, adding that a moose costs about $3,500 (CAD) to buy.

While park officials believe there's a limited chance a similar incident will occur, staff plan to hold a meeting to discuss the park's boundaries.


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