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Successful Reindeer Hunting Season in Iceland

The reindeer hunting season in Iceland, which began on July 15, is going well, according to Jóhann G. Gunnarsson at the Environment Agency. At the end of the season’s third week, 121 reindeer had been shot, 88 bucks and 33 doe.

Icelandic reindeer. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Gunnarsson told Morgunbladid that these numbers are similar to last year. Fewer females have been shot because hunting them wasn’t allowed until later in the season.

The overall quota for 2010 is 860 doe and 412 bucks, or 1,272 animals in total. Gunnarsson said last year almost all of the animals for which there were permits were hunted and he expects the same to apply to this year.

“It depends on the area how successful the hunting is. The fjords are foggy and not much has been hunted there yet,” Gunnarsson said.

There are only reindeer in east Iceland.

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