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Ravens In Danger of Disappearing from Iceland

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Ravens In Danger of Disappearing from Iceland

Photo: Dagmar Trodler

The hunting of Ravens in Iceland needs to be dramatically decreased in order to prevent them from nearly disappearing, according to the Icelandic Natural Science Institute. RÚV reports.

Around three thousand Ravens are hunted each year in Iceland due to the damage they can cause. Known for stealing eggs from nests of eider ducks, as well as pecking the eyes out of trapped sheep, they are regularly shot down by farmers.

Ornithologist Kristinn Haukur Skarphéðinsson, at the Natural Science Institute, believes the hunting has gone too far, especially since it is legal to hunt Ravens all year round. The last abundance estimate was done in the early 80's, counting thirteen thousand Ravens. The numbers have since decreased, with Kristinn believing the species to be in danger.

"[The Raven] is in danger, due to it having decreased in numbers over the past decades, and if it continues this way then the numbers will be extremely low in just a few decades."

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