Finland’s pilot project aims to protect the nation’s large population of reindeers.
A new pilot project from the Finnish government is experimenting with a special glow-in-the-dark liquid that could possibly reduce the amount of reindeer-related traffic accidents in the country, which can fall in between 3,000 to 5,000 sightings each year.
The country’s Reindeer Herder’s Association saw unsuccessful results from attaching reflectors and reflective tape to reindeers, but hopes that this new spray could be become a plausible long-term solution. Last week, the association made preliminary treatments on 20 reindeer gathered from the Lapland region of northern Finland where the reindeer population is estimated to total 200,000.
The animals were sprayed with two types of reflective liquid: a permanent coating for the antlers and a temporary liquid for the reindeer’s coat. Anne Ollilia, head of the Reindeer’s Herders’ Association, said the project has begun as an experiment, but if successful, there is a possibly that all reindeers in the country will be sprayed by next autumn.