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The Return of the Forest Reindeer

The Forest Reindeer: Extinction, Recovery, Decline The Forest reindeer, Rangifer tarandus fennicus, is a subspecies of reindeer. Once common in Finland, it was hunted to extinction in the end of the 19th or early 20th century. Conservation efforts, focussed on the few individuals that dispersed back to Finland from Russia, have allowed for a re-establishment of this subspecies in Finland, divided into two isolated sub-populations (Kuhmo and Ostrobothnia). Forest Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus fennicus), June 2004. © Photo by Jiří Bohdal (http://www.jiri-bohdal.com) Although both populations more than doubled in size between 1992 and 2001, more recent surveys suggest they are declining again. T

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