Reindeer & Caribou Herds Declined 56% A loss of more than 2.6 million

Guest Posting by Carol Rosin

It’s probably the most depressing Christmas story of 2018.

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Some Reports Say Within 2 Years Most Animal Life Will Die:  http://www.thebigwobble.org/

They are one of the most important animals in the already fragile Arctic ecosystem, the magnificent reindeer, or caribou and according to a new report is the latest animal to decline.

According to a report by NOAA, Despite an increase of vegetation available for grazing, herd populations of caribou and wild reindeer across the Arctic tundra have declined by nearly 50% over the last two decades.

The populations of reindeer, a.k.a. caribou, near the North Pole, has been declining dramatically in recent years.

Since the mid-1990s, the size of reindeer and caribou herds has declined by 56 per cent.

That’s an incredible drop from an estimated 4.7 million animals to 2.1 million, a loss of 2.6 million.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2ECWsAK


A lightning strike in Norway has killed more than 300 reindeer, according to reports from local media. A spokesman for the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (NNI) told NTB, the Norwegian News Agency, that 323 reindeer were found dead on Friday in an area near Hardangervidda, in the southern part of the country. In a press release published Sunday, the Norwegian Environment Agency said that 70 of the dead reindeer were calves. Officials believe that the animals were killed by lightning during a heavy thunderstorm, marking what could be the deadliest lightning strike in history.

“We’ve heard about animals being struck by lightning and killed, but I don’t remember hearing about lightning killing animals on this scale before,” NNI spokesman Knut Nylend tells NTB. “We don’t know if it was one or more lighting strike; that would only be speculation.”

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2ECWsAK

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