Humans and reindeer

The wild forest reindeer was followed into Fennoscandia by hunters - humans and large predators. Humans have had an especially large impact on the numbers of wild forest reindeer. These pages tell the story of the relationship between humans and wild forest reindeer, both in the past and today.

Photo: This wild forest reindeer has got the scent of the photographer (Martti Montonen 1974).

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Wild forest reindeer

Latin name: Rangifer tarandus fennicus, a wild "cousin" of the reindeer

Range and numbers:

In Finland, 750 individuals in Kainuu and 1,450-1,500 in Suomenselkä

In Russian Karelia up to 2,400, with an estimated 1,500 in Arkhangelsk and 2,500 in Kom (the question of the taxonomic status of wild reindeer of Arkhangelsk province and Komi Republic is open and requires special research). See range map.

Conservation status in Finland: Near Threatened (NT)