More than 300 reindeer killed in lightning strike

Dead wild reindeer are seen on Hardangervidda in Norway, after lightning struck the central mountain plateau and killed more than 300 of them.
Dead wild reindeer are seen on Hardangervidda in Norway, after lightning struck the central mountain plateau and killed more than 300 of them.PHOTO: EPA

More than 300 wild reindeer were found dead on a mountain plateau in Norway after a lightning storm, reports said.

They were likely killed by lightning bolts, an inspector from Norway's wildlife and environmental agency told Norway Broadcasting.

There was thunder and lightning struck the Hardangervidda plateau on Friday (Aug 26) afternoon, he said.

The reindeer, which move in tight herds, were found within a radius of 50m to 60m, some lying on top of one another.

Game wardens have counted 322 casualties thus far, news agency DPA reported. They have not decided what to do with the dead bodies.

An estimated 10,000 wild reindeer roam Hardangervidda, which is in southern Norway.