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Municipality in Iceland’s West Fjords Wants Reindeer

The minority in the district council of the Vesturbyggd municipality in the southwestern West Fjords want to apply for a permit from the Environment Agency of Iceland to establish an up to 4,000-animal wild reindeer stock in the West Fjords.

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Icelandic reindeer. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Currently, there are only reindeer in east Iceland. According to the proposal, reindeer are to be transported from the east and with time, form a large reindeer stock which could roam the area and serve as a source of income for the municipality, ruv.is reports.

Proposals to that end have been rejected before due to fear of impact on farming in the region and possible diseases being transmitted to sheep.

However, the minority in Vesturbyggd’s district council reasons there is no risk in relocating reindeer to the west as there are no examples of reindeer having infected sheep in east Iceland. Also, the number of sheep in the West Fjords has dropped significantly in the recent decades.

The proposal is awaiting review.

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