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Reindeer Populations are Rapidly Decreasing

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Oh no! Don’t tell Santa but the reindeer populations are experiencing a rapid decrease worldwide.

A new study published on the Journal for Nature Conservation has found that the number of reindeer in the planet has been getting lower very fast. The research focused on China, where reindeer first migrated 2,000 years ago from Sweden.

Since the 1970s, the animal population in China has decreased by 28 percent. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, “numbers in European Russia are very low with presumed ongoing declines, and the reindeer is now absent from large tracts of tundra and taiga.” The trend is also true for the regions of North America where a subspecies of reindeer, the caribou, live.

The reason behind the decreasing numbers are the usual suspects: poaching, climate change and natural predators. The expansion into their natural habitats by humans have also affected their population.

The study hopes that by publicizing these startling numbers, the IUCN will update the status of reindeer, which are currently listed in the category of “least concern.”

Via The Week

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