According to his calculations, this year already 42 deer have moved to Russia in search of better pastures. However, this entails Moscow’s demands for compensation for damage to nature, as Norwegian deer end up finding the best pastures in Russian reserves.
The publication reports that Russia demands around 50,000 kroons ($4,700) for each reindeer that crosses into the Pasvik nature reserve in the Murmansk region. And another lawsuit seeks a lump sum payment of almost 47 million kronor ($4.4 million) for all the days the animals grazed in the park.
“The returned animals have since been euthanized out of fear that they may return to Russia again,” the AP writes.
According to the newspaper, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority can also require the slaughter of deer for safety reasons.
Also, Norway has decided to restore the fence along the border to prevent reindeer from entering Russia.