Reindeer hit the roads

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An unusually large number of reindeer have been seen moving around on the roads of Finnish Lapland this winter.

Darkness and the lack of snow make the situation even worse for drivers, says the Helsingin Sanomat.

According to the Central Organization for Traffic Safety in Finland, reindeer accidents occur frequently on roads running through the provinces of Lapland and Oulu.

Pertti Viik from the Reindeer Herders’ Association in northern Finland said the reindeer are moving around and looking for food, because the exceptionally warm weather has forced them out into the open and on to roads.

Last summer was dry, mushrooms were scarce in the autumn, and, this winter, food has been hard to come by.

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