Lightning is being blamed for the deaths of 323 wild reindeer in central Norway.
The lightning storm took place in a small area of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau last Friday. Every year， of reindeer travel across the Hardangervidda mountain area.
The Norwegian Environment Agency is a government agency that reports on climate and environmental issues in Norway. The agency said 70 calves were among the dead reindeer.
Kjartan Knutsen is the spokesman for th to have such a large number of reindeer deaths in one lightning storm.
"We have not heard about such numbers before" he said.
Knutsen said reindeer like to group together in bad weather. This may be a possible reason for their deaths.
He said， "I don't know if it there were several lightning strikes， but it happened in one moment."
the agency leaves the body of a dead animal wherever it is found， in the natural way.
I'm Patrick Merentie.