Norwegian Reindeer Husbandry Administration Advises Caution

March 29, 2010 • Philip BurgessReindeer

The Norwegian Reindeer Husbandry Administration is advising people in the northern Troms and Nordland areas to be particularly aware of reindeer this spring due to difficult grazing and operating conditions.  Easter is a hugely popular holiday period for Norwegians and people are on the move and outdoors.  Reindeer in northern Troms and Nordland have had difficult weather conditions this winter resulting in very poor grazing conditions with deep snow in the forest and lowlands, and a lot of crust and icing in the mountains. They advise that it is important to avoid unrest and disturbances that add additional stress to the reindeer. Especially now as reindeer are heading towards spring and the calving period in May, meaning it is important that reindeer get rest and take care of their last reserves to ensure survival for both adult animals and calves.

The Press release continues that  traffic such as snowmobiling which can be illegal and dogs that are not under control in the grazing areas can cause a lot of problems  for the industry, which are exacerbated after difficult winter conditions. By law, dogs are supposed to be on a lead between April 1-August 20 when near reindeer grazing areas.

More information here at the Norwegian Reindeer Husbandry Administration.

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