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article imageHow do reindeer avoid power lines?

By Tim Sandle     Mar 22, 2014 in Environment
London - Ultra-violet light-emitting power lines may upset reindeer and other animals, a new study has found. However, the animals are very adept at avoiding power cables.
A study suggests that many species of birds and mammals, including reindeer, avoid power lines because they are able to see the ultraviolet (UV) light the cables given off. People cannot see UV light, however many animals can, including reindeer and caribou. These animals use UV light to find plants under the snow.
With power cables, according to The Guardian, the scientists are of the view that reindeer see power lines not as dim, passive structures but, rather, as lines of flickering light stretching across the terrain.
The research has been published in the journal Conservation Biology, the article is titled "Ultraviolet Vision and Avoidance of Power Lines in Birds and Mammals."
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