Size and composition of the wild reindeer Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus population in the Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve

Einar Alendal, Steven de Bie, Sipke E. van Wieren

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In the summer of 1977 we studied the reindeer population on the islands Barentsøya and Edgeøya in the eastern part of the Svalbard archipelago. A total of 1374 reindeer were observed: 326 animals in the western parts of Barentsøya and 1048 animals on Edgeøya. Considering those parts of Edgeøya which were not visited, the total number of reindeer on Edgeøya was estimated at 1300 animals. The total number of reindeer was lower than in previous years. The decline probably was due to severe winter conditions in 1975/1976 and 1976/1977 confirmed by the fact that many carcasses and few yearlings were observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-107
Number of pages7
JournalHolarctic ecology
Publication statusPublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


  • Barentsøya
  • Edgeøya
  • Svalbard
  • reindeer

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