Preliminary figures from this year’s wild reindeer hunt on the Hardangervidda show that hunters have killed a total of 1,387 wild reindeer. No scrapie has been detected in any animals.
“For many, this year’s hunt has probably been special and marked by uncertainty about the future. We are pleased that the hunters have nevertheless contributed to obtaining important information about the situation on the Hardangervidda by submitting scrapie samples of the slaughtered animals,” Ellen Hambro, Director of the Norwegian Environment Agency, stated in a press release.
The Veterinary Institute has tested more than 1,300 wild reindeer from the Hardangervidda for scrapie from this autumn’s hunt and a total of more than 3,300 wild reindeer from the various wild reindeer areas this year.
“We are happy that no more positive animals have been found during the hunt this autumn. This strengthens the assumption that we are early in the course of the disease and gives us the belief that it is possible to fight this disease,” CEO Ingunn Midttun Godal of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority said.
The ministries have commissioned the Norwegian Environment Agency and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority to assess whether an extraordinary removal of wild reindeer on the Hardangervidda is necessary after the end of the hunt. A professional assessment must be submitted to the ministries by November 12.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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