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Rise in Wolverine Attacks on Reindeer Baffles Ministry

The number of reindeer killed by predators rose sharply last year. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry reimbursed reindeer herders more than two and a half million euros for lost livestock, the highest figure in 20 years.

The figure was one-fifth higher than the year before. Herders sought recompense for more than 4,000 lost reindeer.

The ministry says the increase is partly due to growing predator populations.

However the amount of kills by wolverines also climbed steeply even though the number of these medium-sized predators has actually declined.

There are only about 120 wolverines in the country, mostly in the north and east. The ministry is looking into why the number of wolverine kills has jumped.

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