Youngsters take a shot at reindeer herding

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:46pm

Young people in Norway are putting their herding skills to the test with an unusual animal: reindeer.

The future of reindeer herding is a concern as more young people move out of their herder communities. A school for herders is an attempt to reverse this; every fall, young people take part in a reindeer herding program.

Learning to distinguish and sort the 2,000 reindeer is hard work, but it has been passed down for generations. After the Chernobyl accident in 1986, students have also been checking the reindeer for radiation.

Those who teach the classes hope the reindeer herding program will help future generations pass down the tradition.

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