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Published:December 22nd, 2010 18:31 EST

Who Needs Rudolph? Norwegian Reindeer Owners Put Reflectors On Their Reindeer

By Robert Paul Reyes


"Norwegian reindeer owners have a Christmas safety tip for Santa -- put reflectors on his fleet-footed animals so they won`t get hit by cars.

About 2,000 reindeer have been fitted this month with reflective yellow collars or small antler tags to cut down on the car crashes that now kill 500 reindeer a year and pose a danger to motorists across Arctic Norway.

`It really works,` Kristian Oevernes, the leader of the project at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, told Reuters of the project in Finnmark, where the sun does not rise in mid-winter."


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer can be seen from miles away, but other reindeer aren`t that lucky. Reflectors for Santa`s favorite animals is an excellent idea that will result in less traffic accidents and less deaths and  injuries for the beautiful creatures. 

I`ve almost run into deer several times, and perhaps municipalities in this country with a large deer population can study the economic and logistical feasibility of outfitting deer with reflectors. 

I know that strapping reflectors on wild deer isn`t practical, it`s a lot easier for the Norwegians to attach reflectors on their animals.

If reflectors can spare just one child from witnessing the horror of his dad killing one of Santa`s reindeer it might be worth it. Although in Norway, the indigenous population raises deer for meat, skins and antlers. If a Norwegian kid gets a hold of Rudolph he would probably kill it before you could say "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose."

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