Introduced Raindeer (Rangifer tarandus) are being removed from South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.
Can you think of a place where raindeer and king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) occur side by side? Well there is one place and it is the South Georgia and Sandwich Islands where a handful of reindeer were originally introduced to the island by the Norwegian whalers in the early 1900s. The raindeer population grew to a point where they are having devastating impacts on the island’s vegetation, with dramatic effects on native bird species, namely king penguins.
The government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands started a project to remove introduced reindeer. As of early January 2,000 deer were removed. The second phase consists of removing all raindeer from the islands. For such purpose, six Norwegian hunters were deployed to remove the remaining reindeer.