Numerous incidents of Iceland sheep road deaths

Police in the West Fjords regions of Iceland have received 44 reports over the last two months of sheep being hit by cars and left dead on the side of the road.

The Icelandic countryside is teeming with sheep and lambs at this time of year and there are few fences on land in the West Fjords.

Local police have urged farmers to do their best to ensure that sheep are not on or near roads, and drivers are asked to take special care.

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The recommended course of action if you hit a sheep or lamb while driving is to immediately inform the farmer or the police.

Farmers are generally insured for losses of this kind, so drivers need not flee the scene for fear of a fine. Letting somebody know what has happened can reduce animal suffering and farmers will generally be greatful for the information.

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