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Reindeer herders in Finland launch app to reduce road kills

In this picture taken June 10, 2012, a reindeer walks on the road at Ranua, Finland. Finnish reindeer herders launch app to cut road kills in northern Arctic where 300,000 reindeer regularly roam freely. (Martti Kainulainen/ Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT. NO THIRD PARTY SALES.

HELSINKI (AP) In efforts to cut road kill, Finnish reindeer herders have painted Rudolph's antlers in fluorescent colors, hung reflectors round their necks and even used movable traffic signs.

They've not been successful, so they're turning to drivers with a reindeer warning app hoping it will reduce the annual 4,000 reindeer road deaths.

In a pilot project, drivers of heavy transport vehicles are being given 1,000 free interactive mobile gadgets which warn them of nearby reindeer and allow them to register their own sightings with a tap on the screen.

If successful, the app will be available for download on all smart phones later this year.

Some 300,000 reindeer roam the wilds of Arctic Finland, providing work for 10,000 people in the sparsely populated northern wilderness.

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