From the New Year, the hunting season for moose and deer will be extended in 15 municipalities in Hordaland, Buskerud, Oppdal and Sogn og Fjordane. This measure should stop the spread of a chronic wasting disease (skrantesyke) in animals.
The 15 municipalities are located in and around the Nordfjella wild reindeer area. In 2016, a flock of 2,200 wild reindeers was shot in the winter of 2017 and 2018 due to disease.
The extended hunt is valid for the next two years, the Nation reports.
From next year, it will thus be possible to hunt elk and deer during the periods of 15 August to 23 December and from 1 January to 31 January, writes the website Hjortevilt.no, which first mentioned the case.
The extension of hunting times applies in the following municipalities: Eidfjord, Ulvik, Aurland, Lærdal, Årdal, Hemsedal, Ål, Hol, Gol, Nesbyen, Nore and Uvdal, Sør-Aurdal, Nord-Aurdal, Vestre Slidre and Vang.
In February, the Environment Directorate asked the municipalities around the Nordfjella wild reindeer area to reduce the population of deer and moose by as much as half the density in 2016.
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