Samis say they need more in compensation for reindeer killed by predators. Photo: Nils Eklund/Sveriges Radio

Predators expand, threatening Samis' reindeer

Samis in the north of Sweden want higher compensation for their reindeer that are killed by predators, reports Swedish Radio news.

There are over 5,000 bear, lynx, wolverine, and wolves today in Sweden, twice the number of predators compared to when the reindeer compensation system was put in place in the middle of the 90s. And most of these animals live in reindeer areas.

The Swedish National Sami Association says many of the 51 Sami reindeer herding communities are having a tough time. The association want to diminish the size of the predator population and get more in compensation for lost stock.

Lena Ek, Sweden' Environmental Minister, says the issue will be taken up this fall when the government presents its plan for predators. She says Sweden needs to be prepared to pay if it wants to continue to protect its predators.

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