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Dozens of migrating reindeer have been killed by speeding freight trains in three days in northern Norway.
Reindeer herder Torstein Appfjell said he was “dizzy with anger” after losing 106 animals since 23 November in Helgeland county.
Mr Appfjell, who represents four families who look after around 2,000 reindeer in the area, lost 65 animals in the worst incident.
The reindeer were killed while crossing a train track which runs through a migration route they follow towards the coast as winter approaches.
Mr Appfjell told AP the high number of reindeer deaths was “unprecedented”, adding that 250 of the animals had been killed in train accidents in the worst previous 12-month period.
Reindeer herder Torstein Appfjell said he was “dizzy with anger” CREDIT: REUTERS
“This is a tragedy for me and three other herders,” he told Norwegian media [translated].
“I was on the spot night on Saturday and that was a terrible sight.
“Reindeer are something special for us who do this. They mean almost everything to us and the animals form the basis of our existence. Such a big recess in our reindeer herd is catastrophic.”
Train operator Bane Nor said a warning about the reindeer on the route had failed to reach a driver due to a “technical failure”.
“When it was discovered that the message had disappeared, they tried to call the train,” area director Thor Brækkan told NRK. “Unfortunately, it was too late.”
This article first appeared on www.telegraph.co.uk
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