30 Nov '17, 4am

Norway to put up fence along railway to prevent reindeer deaths.

OSLO (AFP) - Norway says it will speed up the building of a fence along a railway in the far north of the country after scores of migrating reindeer were mowed down by trains. State-owned rail operator Bane NOR on Wednesday (Nov 29) announced its plan after another 17 reindeer died on the track between Trondheim and Bodo, bringing to 127 the number killed in similar circumstances within a week. Images of the lifeless animals lying in the blood-stained snow have triggered a strong reaction at home and abroad. Bane NOR said it planned to build 25 km of fence in the area from next year, bringing construction forward from 2019 or 2020. "The collisions with the animals have affected us," company official Vibeke Aarnes said in a statement. Four deadly incidents have occurred on the same line since November 22, provoking despair among the Sami, a small indigenous community in the...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/norway-to-put-up...

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