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Finns give reindeer fluorescent antler makeovers

In this picture taken on Feb. 15, 2014 in Rovaniemi, Finland and provided by the Reindeer Herders' Association, a reindeer is seen with fluorescent antlers after a test in which Finnish herders dabbed it with fluorescent paint. Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover _ the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou in the wilds of Finland. (AP Photo/Anne Ollila, Executive Director of the Reindeer Herders' Association, Finland/Lehtikuva) FINLAND OUT

HELSINKI (AP) -- Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover - the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou in the wilds of Finland.

Anne Ollila of the Finnish Reindeer Herder's Association says the antlers of 20 reindeer have been painted with various fluorescent dyes to see how the animals react and whether the paints are resistant to the harsh Arctic climate.

If successful, animals with glittering antlers will be free to roam Lapland - a vast, deserted area in northern Finland where herders tend to some 200,000 reindeer.

Ollila says reflectors and reflective tape have proven unsuccessful as reindeer have torn them off - and road signs warning drivers of roaming reindeer often are stolen by tourists as souvenirs.

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Laurie February 20 2014 at 11:29 AM

You know how females of the species look for the prettiest boys ... ?? Wonder how those girls will react to guys who glow in the dark!

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louierey February 20 2014 at 11:26 AM

How do they know which reindeer are gay?

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jdupont36 February 20 2014 at 10:58 AM

There must be somwone out there that can develope a non toxic spray paint to do the same thing as the tape.

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gunny0369ret February 20 2014 at 10:44 AM

This is how to stop people from Stealing the Warning Signs. If you get "Caught WITH a Warning Sign(s)". It's a $2,500 Fine for each sign found. If a person turns in the Thief, He or She gets $1,000 of the fine by calling a hotline, He or She will remain anonymous and given a number, after the Thief pays the fine they can pick up the reward money using the anonymous number. And if a person reporting the crime feels it's wrong to take money for reporting a crime, they can give the reward money to a Charity anonymously.

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Gorobei February 20 2014 at 1:02 PM

And delay the perp's return home by adding some jail time to that $2500 fine.

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Tom February 20 2014 at 10:43 AM

We should do that too...with sex offenders.

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skerryc February 20 2014 at 11:15 AM

Great Idea, or have their foreheads tatoo.

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cliff432 February 20 2014 at 10:16 AM

I want to go to Finland. They say the language is hard to learn. That means I won't understand a word anybody says:)

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duey35 February 20 2014 at 10:02 AM

One: how does a tourist steal a sign and remove it fom the country?
Two: non glowing horns gives the animal the right to commit death by car as their own choise.
Three: it gives an unfair advantage to night blind Finish hunters.

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duey35 February 20 2014 at 10:03 AM

It also makes them a mark for alien kidnapping.

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bobbro100 February 20 2014 at 10:01 AM

Isn't that a nice thing to do for the reindeer. The cars can see them and avoid them. Unfortunately for poor Rudolph, wolves will be able to see them at night a mile off and track them through the dark. Oh well, you can't please everyone.

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BABS February 20 2014 at 9:54 AM

if they can paint the antlers which won't last because they lose them . WHY NOT USE A WIDE REFECTING COLLAR?

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starlitejym February 20 2014 at 9:53 AM

have o do it every time the antlers "molt"

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