The number of wild forest reindeer in Russian Karelia was examined in March 2014 by aerial count. Karelian wild forest reindeer will be fitted with satellite tracking collars in order to clarify their migrating behaviour and to determine their key feeding grounds. Russian and Finnish researchers cooperated to chart threats to wild forest reindeer.

The results of the project were gathered in a plan of action, which combines the results of the project and plan follow-up measures. In addition to these web pages, the project produced materials, for instance, a wild forest reindeer brochure, video and travelling photographic exhibition.

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Wild forest reindeer

Scientific name: Rangifer tarandus fennicus

Range and numbers:

In Finland, 800 individuals in Kainuu, 2000 individuals in Suomenselkä and about 20 individuals in Seitseminen and Lauhanvuori National Parks (reintroduced populations).

In Russian Karelia up to 2,400. See range map.

Conservation status in Finland (2019): Near Threatened (NT)