Miscellaneous - Sounds Wild
Troll Removal


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Troll removal

Fish and Game biologists get some strange calls. Once, in Kenai, a mountain goat wandered into someone's house and garage and wouldn't leave. Biologists were called in to tranquilize and capture the goat, which was released back into the wild.

Sometimes bears get a little too accustomed to life in and around cities and need to be relocated. But this spring, biologist Kathy Hocker worked on the strangest relocation in her career.

"Yeah, we started getting these calls, it was living under a bridge out the road. Normally, we're pretty live and let live about these things, but it was starting to bother people, coming out, demanding a toll to let people cross, even threatening to eat some people up."

It was a Norwegian troll, the short, hairy kind. Norwegian wildlife biologist and troll expert was brought in from Oslo to help with the identification, capture and transport.

"Ja, we have seen this before. Usually when this happens they are coming down out of the mountains to capture a princess or something like that. What's really strange is this troll is so far from Norway. Maybe someone was keeping him as a pet and released him, but I doubt that, since they do not make very good pets. It might be connected to global warming or something..."

After equipping the troll with a gps collar, he was released east of the Sun and west of the Moon.