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Ptarmigan Stock Recovering

Ptarmigan counting this spring suggests that the ptarmigan stock is recovering faster than expected. The ptarmigan stock has been declining rapidly for the last eight years.

According the counting made by the Icelandic Institute for Natural History, the numbers of ptarmigans have risen by 30 to 70 percent. Fréttabladid reports

The Icelandic Institute for Natural History has limited hunting permissions for ptarmigans for the past years due to the declining size of the stock. It has been strictly forbidden to trade ptarmigans or hunt them for commercial benefit.

Ptarmigans are a common Christmas delicacy and therefore the limited hunting measures have been very unpopular. The Icelandic Institute for Natural History will reexamine hunting permissions in the fall when this summer’s chicks have hatched.

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