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Norway Reindeer: More Than 100 Slaughtered by Trains

Norway Reindeer: More Than 100 Slaughtered by Trains
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By    |   Monday, 27 November 2017 01:42 PM

More than 100 Norway reindeer were killed and many injured in just one week by speeding trains, leading herders to call on the rail companies to erect fencing along the tracks.

Norway public broadcaster NRK reported that 65 deer were killed by one train on Saturday and another train killed 41 on Wednesday, per Agence France-Presse.

"I'm so angry that I'm dizzy," Ole Henrik Kappfjell, the owner of the 65 dead reindeer, told NRK. "It's a senseless animal tragedy … a psychological nightmare."

Documentary filmmaker Jon Erling Utsi recorded dead reindeer lying in the blood-stained snow along the side of railroad tracks this weekend, AFP reported.

"It was a nightmare to watch," Erling told NRK. "The worst thing was the animals that were not killed in the accident. They were lying there, suffering. It was a bloodbath over several kilometers."

Broadcaster Deutsche Welle said Norway has a reindeer population of around 250,000, most of them in the country's far north.

The deaths came at a time when herders take the deer on a search for winter grazing grounds. The trip is full of other dangerous hazards, such as cars and the risk of drowning in bodies of water, DW reported.

The broadcaster said herders were calling on railway operator Bane NOR to install fencing along the track. Funding for fencing isn’t available, VG newspaper reported, but the railway has instructed train operators to drive more slowly in the area, per DW.

According to The Telegraph, Bane NOR said a warning about the reindeer on one train route had failed to reach a driver because of a "technical failure."

"When it was discovered that the message had disappeared, they tried to call the train," area director Thor Brækkan told NRK, per The Telegraph. "Unfortunately, it was too late."

Reindeer differ from other species of deer because they can be domesticated and are important source of milk, fur, and meat on farms, according to the website Soft School.com.

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