Population management

Population management and conservation

Management of the wild forest reindeer population is the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Practical measures are handled especially by the Finnish Wildlife Agency, the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute and Metsähallitus. In addition, wild forest reindeer are also subject to attention from e.g. the Finnish Hunters' Association, conservation organizations, hunting clubs, and other local actors.

In 2007, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry issued a Management Plan for the Wild Forest Reindeer Population in Finland. The wild forest reindeer population will be managed, monitored, and researched using a variety of modern measures. Population management and research requires cooperation between Finnish and Russian players.

These pages present some fields related to population management and conservation.

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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)