Hunters slay 3,500 reindeer on island near Antarctica

March 18, 2013 19:46

OSLO- Hunters have slaughtered 3,500 reindeer on a British island near Antarctica in a step to get rid of animals that were brought from Norway a century ago and are an increasing threat to native wildlife.

The reindeer on South Georgia were corralled into pens and slaughtered by a 16-strong team, mostly Sami reindeer herders from Norway, officials said on Monday. Marksmen shot animals in remote areas with rifles.Up to 1,500 reindeer remain for a final cull in 2014.

"It will be an amazing change for the island" to have no reindeer, Martin Collins, chief executive of the government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, said by telephone.

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