Satellite collars to help track reindeer herds in Nenets Autonomous Area
Reindeer herders from Nenets Agroindustrial Company have put TracerPro satellite tracking devices on 13 reindeer in order to be able to identify the location of the brigade and the herds at any time, the administration of the Nenets Autonomous Area said in a post on its website.
The company expects the satellite tracking system to reduce herd losses by at least 50 percent, which in turn could increase output from reindeer herding, which accounts for 17 percent of the region's total output. In addition, this system will help identify the location of the brigade and the herd, which will make it easier to find people and the reindeer in case of emergency.
According to the Nenets Autonomous Area website, tracking collars could help identify and prevent cases of encroachment on land plots without the consent of the land user, as well as oversee pasture rotation. The satellite system remains operational even when other means of communication are unavailable.
It will take one year to test the tracking system on the company's reindeer. If successful, more tracking devices of this kind could be purchased in the future.