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Reindeer

The reindeer found in the Swedish mountains today belong to Sami who rear them. There are no wild reindeer in Sweden.

Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) have thicker coats and broader hoofs than any other type of deer. With their hoofs they can dig down through the snow to the lichen which is their staple food in winter.

Both the females and the males have antlers and this distinguishes them from other deer where only the males have antlers. Castrated reindeer are readily tamed and can thus be used as draught animals. The calves are born in May or June. After a couple of days the calves are able to follow the herd.

The reindeer found in the Swedish mountains today belong to Sami who rear them. There are no wild reindeer in Sweden. The last wild reindeer were either killed by hunters or absorbed into herds of domestic reindeer at the end of the 19th century.


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