COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway is rebuilding a dilapidated reindeer fence alongside its border with Russia within the Arctic to cease the animals from wandering into the neighboring nation — pricey strolls for which Oslo has to compensate Moscow over loss of grassland.
Norwegian officers stated Thursday that up to now this 12 months, 42 reindeer have crossed into Russia looking for higher pastures and grazing land.
The reindeer barrier alongside the Norway-Russia border spans 150 kilometers (93 miles) and dates again to 1954. The Norwegian Agriculture Agency stated a stretch of about 7 kilometers (4 miles) between the Norwegian cities of Hamborgvatnet and Storskog would get replaced.
The development, with a price ticket of 3.7 million kroner ($348,000), is to be accomplished by Oct. 1, the company stated.
The work is a problem, nevertheless, as the employees have to remain on the Norwegian aspect of the border “at all times” throughout development, “which makes the work extra demanding,” stated Magnar Evertsen of the company. If a employee crossed into Russian territory, and not using a Russian visa, that will quantity to unlawful entry.
The reindeer crossings convey on numerous further forms. Russia has despatched two compensation claims, the company stated.
One claims is for almost 50,000 kroner ($4,700) per reindeer that crossed into Russia to graze within the sprawling Pasvik Zapovednik pure reserve within the Russian Murmansk area. The different declare is asking for a lump sum of almost 47 million kroner ($4.4 million) in whole for the times the animals grazed within the park, which consists principally of lakes, rivers, forests and marshland.
The company stated that of the 42 animals that entered Russia this 12 months, 40 have been introduced again to Norway and the remaining two are anticipated to come back again quickly.
The returned animals have since been slaughtered out of concern that they might wander again to Russia, Evertsen stated. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority could demand the carcasses be destroyed for security causes, the federal government body stated in a press release.
The reindeer are herded by the Indigenous Sami folks in central and Arctic Norway. Formerly referred to as the Lapps, the Sami are believed to have originated in Central Asia and settled with their reindeer herds in Arctic Europe round 9,000 years in the past.
They historically reside in Lapland, which stretches from northern components of Norway by means of Sweden and Finland to Russia. Across the Arctic area, the bulk reside on the Norwegian aspect of the border.