Portraits of Resilience

Reindeer Herding

We travel a long distances with reindeer in the spring. If there is less snow on the ground it will be more dif?cult to drive with the snowmobile and it will get harder to graze the herd.
 

We travel a long distances with reindeer in the spring. If there is less snow on the ground it will be more difficult to drive with the snowmobile and it will get harder to graze the herd.

It will cause the herd to split up and some of them might disappear. Heat makes winter end early. It is not good for the reindeer and owner. Lakes and river ice melts. There is more water. It is dangerous to reindeer and humans. You could fall through the ice. There will be no more border between winter and summer. I think it is not good because the reindeer will be scattered. We cannot herd if there is little snow.

Herding patterns can be disturbed by strong winds and constant weather changes. Females are particularly vulnerable and they may lose their calves in the end. It means everything to us reindeer owners that females give birth to strong calves. A poor summer can also mean a lot for how strong calves are. Weak calves die in the first
year of life, or are easy prey for predators.

— Annelaila Smuka

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