The second calf count on Dovrefjell revealed that 260 Muskox are currently living there. The population is at its highest in five years, according to the Norwegian Environment Agency.
Based on the number of animals, the directorate has made a decision to reduce the population at the location by up to 40 animals by the end of March next year.
“By reducing the population down to the population target, the risk of animals migrating out of the core area and becoming a threat to humans and public transport is reduced. At the same time, the disease challenges in the population will be smaller,” department director Ivar Myklebust noted.
One of the reasons why the number of Muskox has increased in Dovre is that the mortality among musk calves has been lower than average in recent years.
The calf count this autumn showed that there are now about 65 calves and around 195 adult animals at Dovrefjell.
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