Lynx Kill Far More Reindeer Than Science Previously Stated

October 19, 2016 • Philip Burgess

Lynx predatorFascinating research on predators emerging from NINA in Norway regarding the rate and number of reindeer (and sheep) killed by Lynx is far higher than authorities have previously stated. Indeed, the numbers are far closer to that which herders have always claimed, especially in Troms and Finnmark, that predation by Lynx is a major threat to herders’ economy and livelihood.

In February of this year, 10 Lynx were captured and fitted with GPS collars which were monitored by researchers. Once animals were stationary for some time, researchers would then look for dead animals in those areas. Researchers found that a make lynx can kill a reindeer or sheep each day. One lynx in particular killed 100 reindeer.

While compensation for losses to predators are compensated, up until now Finnmark and Troms County reject 90% of all claims. Hans Ole Eira, Head of the Lakkonjárga district is quoted as saying that he is glad that research is finally proving that herders should be believed.

Read the full story here (in Norwegian)


Could Car Navigation Systems Prevent Reindeer Road Deaths?

September 2, 2009 • Philip Burgess

(Source: Helsingin Sanomat) In-car satellite navigation systems will start issuing warnings of possible reindeer on Finnish highways. The experiment set to start this autumn relates to a Ministry of Transport and Communications project, the aim of which is to cut the number of reindeer accidents in half.
Reindeer may not have the bulk and potentially lethal threat of elk, but they do pose a considerable problem on Finnish roads. Annually around 4,000 collisions with reindeer take place on the highways of the north.  Between January and July this year, around 400 road accidents involving a reindeer have been officially reported.

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GPS used in reindeer herding

March 12, 2009 • Philip Burgess

Vapsten Sami village in Sweden has been granted state aid which enables them to test new methods in monitoring reindeer. Now, the reindeer will be fitted with GPS transmitters.

Jon Mikkal Labba, the leader of the Vapsten Sami village, says that he begins his working day by turning on the computer, to see how the reindeer behave and where they are.

I can see if it the reindeers move a lot and then I know that there is interference, either predators or other things, and then we can concentrate on that area during the day.

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Reindeer News Roundup from Sweden

December 1, 2008 • Philip Burgess

The Vapsten sameby has received money from the provincial government to install GPS monitors on reindeer to examine migration patterns to learn more about behaviours in bad winters.

The Swedish government has given the green light to a new railway in Kiruna. However, a precondition is that reindeer herding is affected as little as possible.

Two reindeer herders are reported as being missing in the Gallivare mountains after strong winds and storms.

Vapstens sameby får pengar för att sätta GPS-sändare på renar. Det har länsstyrelsen i Västerbotten beslutat.Vapsten vill följa renarnas vandringsmönster med GPS, och på så vis ta reda på var renarnas naturliga betesområden ligger. En anledning är de senaste årens dåliga vintrar som tvingat samebyarna att växla till andra vinterbetesområden. Tidigare har bland annat Vilhelmina norra och Malå sameby fått pengar för att GPS-märka renar….

Regeringen har gett klartecken till en ny järnväg i Kiruna. En förutsättning är att rennäringen påverkas så lite som möjligt.

Två renskötare är försvunna sedan i går kväll i området nordväst om Ritsem, mot norska gränsen. Dom skulle övernatta i renvaktarstuga, men kom inte dit i avtalad tid.


GPS Transmitters on Reindeer

November 17, 2008 • Philip Burgess

(Pic and story Ságat) By using GPS transmitters on reindeer in the Skæhkere reindeer husbandry district in southern Norway, reindeer herders hope that in time it will be easier to document their large losses caused by predators. Herders in this district in Trøndelag spend a great deal of time looking for carcasses for documentation purposes.

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