Herders, Farmers Threaten to Shoot Reindeer From Norway

July 9, 2010 • Philip BurgessReindeer

Farmers and herders in Northern Finland have threatened to shoot reindeer from Norway.  “Between December 2009 and May 2010, we have counted, and sent back about 4200 Norwegian reindeer, ” said Assistant Police Chief in Peräpohjola police in Finland, Ossi Hyvönen.  Hyvönen estimated the damage to pastures to be as much as 120,000 Euros, just under 1 Million NOK, according to a reports NRK Radio. “In particular the farmers are very angry. If we have no choice, we may have to shoot some reindeer before the reindeer owners on the Norwegian side pay attention. More fences on the Norwegian side of the border were discussed as being a solution the issue. Source: NRK

  • Anna

    Hi,

    I think a translate error has sneaked in. The citation [quote]“Between December 2009 and May 2010, we have set up a tent, and sent back about 4200 Norwegian reindeer, ” [/quote] should more correctly read : [quote]“Between December 2009 and May 2010, we have [B]counted[/B], and sent back about 4200 Norwegian reindeer, ”[/quote].

    //Anna

    • Philip Burgess

      Thanks Anna!

  • http://www.isortoq.no Stefan Magnusson

    Shooting is a very poor and ignorant sollution- Reindeer herders are peaceful people and respect each others-
    The solllu. Magnussontion this conflict here is to approach the Norwegian and finnish department of Agriculture to fix the border fence and put the mintenance contract to the Finnish farmers and reindeer owners as it is intheir interest the fence is kept in a good condition.

    My frienlyest regards to both sides of the border.

    Be friends and seek mutual understanding and work together- life is too short to vaste time in useless quarrels.

    Stefan H