Oslo: In a strange incident near Hardangervidda National Park 323 dead reindeers were found which were apparently killed by lightning.
An officer of Norwegian Nature Inspectorate, Kurt Nylend was the one who found the dead bodies during a routine inspection on Friday.
According to a local news outlet NTB, Kurt Nylend said, ““They were lying there dead in a fairly concentrated area. Reindeer are pack animals and are often close together. During a heavy thunderstorm, they may have gathered even closer together out of fear.”
The bodies were scattered around a radius of 50 meters and it included reindeers of all ages, Kurt Neyland further said,
“We’ve heard about animals being struck by lightning and killed, but I don’t remember hearing about lightning killing animals on this scale before. We don’t know if it was one or more lighting strike; that would only be speculation.”
He also added, “We sent up a team of eight people to take samples to be sent to the Norwegian Veterinary Institute for research. Then we will know for sure how the animals died.”
Although the reindeers were diagnosed with the chronic wasting disease (CWD), the authorities are sure that the cause of death was lightning due to the close proximity of the bodies.
Authorities are deciding whether to remove the bodies from the site or to let them remain there as the site is in quite a remote place.
The total population of reindeer in the Hardangervidda National Park is approximately 10,000 and it is the largest wild reindeer range in Norway.