From Iceland — Reindeer Struck By Car In East Iceland

Reindeer Struck By Car In East Iceland

Published February 5, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Art Bicnick

Bad weather conditions conspired to bring an untimely end to one of Iceland’s feral reindeer.

RÚV reports that the reindeer was struck by a motorist just east of Reyðarfjörður late Wednesday night. The driver was not found culpable in the death, but the reindeer ultimately needed to be put down due to the extent of its injuries.

Northeast Iceland especially received the brunt of yesterday’s storm conditions around the country, decreasing visibility and compelling the reindeer herds to move to slightly lower elevations. Unfortunately, these elevations happen to have a lot more roads.

Police issued a statement to the general public advising that drivers exercise more caution than usual when driving in bad weather.

Many roads in the northeast were closed last night, and a great many are still being cleared of snow while the weather has relented for the time being.

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