From Iceland — Four Reindeer Killed By Vehicles Since Mid-December

Four Reindeer Killed By Vehicles Since Mid-December

Published January 21, 2020

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Art Bicnick

Four reindeer have died in two separate incidents since the middle of last month, East Iceland news service Austurfrétt reports, in both cases due to being struck by vehicles. This data has been made public by the East Iceland police.

During the winter months, reindeer migrate from the mountains in Iceland to the lowlands, in search of food. This search will often take them near roads.

Reindeer are especially prominent in the east and southeast in Iceland, so those driving through these areas in particular should keep their eyes peeled. This is even more the case on account of the roads being potentially icy, thus making slamming on your brakes to avoid hitting a reindeer perilous.

If you are driving through anywhere in East Iceland, you are strongly advised to exercise extra special caution—not just for winter road conditions that can often change quickly and without notice, but also for our four-legged friends who are just trying to get some food and are likely not in the mood to be struck by a car.

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