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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Reindeer Endangered

MOSCOW () -- Half of the 300,000 reindeer on Russia's remote Chukotka peninsula could starve to death unless new pastures are found quickly, local officials were quoted as saying Thursday.

Itar-Tass quoted the head of civil defense in the Far Eastern region as saying that some 700 reindeer had already died because floodwaters on the reindeer's grazing lands had frozen and the animals were unable to find enough to eat.

Several helicopters and groups of workers on the ground were looking for new pastures, the agency added.