Reindeer in Norway’s north will be fitted with reflectors in a bid to stop the animals from being run down by cars. About 10,0000 reindeer will have their horns decorated with biodegradable reflector cuffs, specially developed by the public roads authority (Statens vegvesen).
It’s hoped the measure will get more of the animals through the arctic winter, which sees little if any daylight. The reflectors have been trialled since 2010, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Of the 31 reindeer hit in that period, only one had a reflector.
Herder Isak Mathis Triumf welcomed the plan. He once lost 26 reindeer in the space of two days. “It’s terrible to experience that,” he said. “It can be days before I find the injured animals.”
Now the trial period’s proved successful, Kristian Øvernes from the roads authority said full production is underway. “Reindeer are pack animals so we don’t need to mark all of them, it’s enough to tag a part of the herd,” he told NRK. The corn-based reflectors are designed to break down if they fall off reindeer out on the plateaus.