Fewer reindeer lost to predators in Finland

Reindeer in a roundup enclosure. (Sanna Kähkönen / Yle)
Reindeer in a roundup enclosure. (Sanna Kähkönen / Yle)
Reindeer are by far the most common herd animals attacked by predators in Finland.

Last year, reindeer herders lost animals valued at 6.9 million euros to wolverines, lynx, bears and wolves.

Last year’s losses were down, but only slightly, by 0.2 million less than in 2014. Reindeer herders are eligible for compensation for animals lost to predators, paid out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

In 2015, 94% of all compensation paid for losses to predators was for reindeer.

Wolverines accounted for more reindeer losses than did lynx, bears and wolves combined.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada:  Caribou numbers plummet in eastern Canada, Radio Canada International

Finland: Better times for reindeer herding, Yle News

Norway:  323 Norwegian reindeer killed by lightning strike ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’: expert, Radio Canada International

Russia:  Yamal-Nenets authorities plan to cull 250,000 reindeer, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Bear hunt quota worries reindeer herders in Sweden’s Arctic, Radio Sweden

United States: Wildfires could threaten Arctic caribou herd’s winter habitat: study, Alaska Dispatch

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