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South Georgia reindeer eradication project to recover natural environment almost completed

Tuesday, March 25th 2014 - 22:20 UTC
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After many years of planning, and two field seasons on the ground, the main part of the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, SGSSI, Reindeer Eradication Project is now all but done, according to the latest South Georgia newsletter. An estimated 3.140 animals have been sacrificed over a six-week period. Read full article


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  • ilsen

    Exactly the kind of 'First World' responsible environmental mananagement REEPONSIBILTY so laclicking elsewhere is some countries in the Southern Hemisphere.
    This kind of effort requires both economic (tax-payer) and local and International support.
    A Great Effort!
    I applaud all those involved!

    Mar 25th, 2014 - 10:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lord Ton

    1911 – Larsen introduces reindeer to South Georgia as a food source for the whalers.

    Mar 25th, 2014 - 11:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DennisA

    I do so love how “conservationists” love slaughtering animals in order to produce their version of what something should be like:
    “humane removal of over 6,600 reindeer from South Georgia”.

    Just like the “conservationists” at Copenhagen zoo.

    “will be dealt with in the coming months”: will be executed.
    If I had the money I would go and save the last eight.

    Save the South Georgia Eight!

    Mar 26th, 2014 - 08:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @3 So your concern for reindeer is limited by your lack of cash. Do you imagine someone is going to give you the money for a vacation? I'm sure you feel strongly. Why don't you borrow a rowing boat? Or swim! What do you reckon your chances of standing in front of eight reindeer? Still, it's always good to die in defence of your beliefs. And you will support “local” wild life. After your corpse is thrown into the ocean, killer whales will be grateful!

    Mar 26th, 2014 - 10:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    There is always one “bunnie hugger” prepared to make themselves look like little children as well as to misunderstand WHY this was necessary.

    I do sometime wonder if the world is already doomed with iditots like this among us.

    What about the REAL wildlife you twat?

    Mar 26th, 2014 - 11:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Just like the rabbit or cane toad erradication scheme in Australia.

    Very often the intervention with the native flora and fauna was 'right' at the time, but became disasterous with its subsequent destruction of indigenous species.
    Corrective action is a problem when the species needing erradication is 'soft and furry'.

    Mar 26th, 2014 - 12:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras


    “Reindeer were introduced to South Georgia in the early 1900s as a source of sport and fresh meat for the whalers and their removal will lead to a rapid recovery of vegetation and improved habitat for breeding birds.

    Reindeer are voracious grazers and have had a devastating impact on the island’s vegetation, with knock-on effects on native burrowing seabird communities. One of the concerns, had the herds been allowed to remain longer, was the risk, due to retreating glaciers, that they may extend their range into new areas.”

    So which bit of that did you not understand.
    The foreign species is damaging the habitat for native species.
    Reindeer, are hardly endangered.

    So a great bit of environmental management.

    Mar 26th, 2014 - 12:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    “The Reindeer Eradication Project saw the humane removal of over 6,600 reindeer from South Georgia.”

    I would have loved to have been invited to the BBQ they had after that was completed!!!

    mmmmmm...... reindeer steaks!!!

    Mar 26th, 2014 - 10:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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