A high-speed train killed 54 reindeer belonging to the Laevas Sami association on Thursday near Kiruna, in northern Sweden.
The news of the accident hit the Sami community hard, Swedish Radio News reports.
“It’s a tragedy for the association,” says Tor Erik Huuva, a member of the Sami collective.
“We’ve been asking for a wildlife crossing for ages, but the Swedish Transport Administration has done nothing about it.”
Reindeer accidents are infrequent in the summer, but this year the animals have delayed their migration to the west due to the cold winter and a delayed spring.
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Finland: Up to 500 reindeer killed annually by trains – no fences planned, Yle News
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Norway: Norway’s radioactive reindeer, Barents Observer
Russia: Service reindeer for police in Russia’s Arctic, Barents Observer
Sweden: Bear hunt quota worries reindeer herders in Sweden’s Arctic, Radio Sweden
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