A lightning strike is said to be the cause of hundreds of reindeer being found dead in the Norwegian mountain region of Hardangervidda.


The pile of dead deer was discovered by a game warden in Telemark County. It was reported by Norwegian national broadcaster NRK, that there were around 323 deer found dead and were all found within a radius of around 50-80 meters according to Knut Nylend in a sputnik news article.

Although mass deaths like this are unlikely, it’s surprisingly not uncommon for herds of cattle and deer to be killed by lightning strikes. It would be a very eerie occurrence to stumble upon a mass death of this proportion, however.

Image courtesy Norwegian Environment Agency

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  • Mikial

    Wow! What else can you say?

    I’ve hiked in the mountains and had to take cover when the hair on my arms stood up warning me there was a lighting strike coming. You just don’t mess around with Mother Nature.

  • Cookie Vranish

    That is unfortunate! I can’t really imagine it!

  • Warden

    As a hunter, it’s not only sad to me because so many died but also knowing it would be so difficult to harvest that meat to help the less fortune & it will likely ruin. Very unfortunate loss of life.