There is a substantial fine for the poaching of wild forest reindeer in Karelia, and the amount of the fine has been increased in 2013-2014. The Game Administration has also increased the number of game wardens. Others goals include the reduction of the amount of snowmobiling, the establishment of official snowmobile routes to which snowmobile riders are directed, and the establishment of more protected areas. The protected areas can have different rules. For example, in protected areas in which all hunting is prohibited, the control of poaching is easier. The use of snowmobiles and the logging of forests, among other activities, can also be restricted in protected areas.

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One way to have an impact in an area is to give the local population and regional officials more information. The material produced in the Finnish-Russian wild forest reindeer project (Karelia ENPI CBC 2013-2014) is shared with school students in Russian Karelia so that the young people will know their responsibilities and learn to appreciate the wild forest reindeer.

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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)