Just returned from a few days on Moose in Norway. Had a good chat with one of the rangers on the Hardangarvidda (manages the wild reindeer - very interesting job) who had just returned from his second 2 month stint on South Georgia culling reindeer.
The Norwegian government were contracted by the UK to shoot every reindeer on the island. Four Norwegians spent 2 months (summer) in 2013 & 2014 shooting every reindeer they could find. All in the name of preventing ecological damage and returning the island to its original fauna as the reindeer were an invasive species introduced by Norwegian whale hunters.
They had to use 308 (flown across from Stanley base on the Falklands).
He couldn't understand why I was not aware of this - he'd shot 1200 alone and was sick to death of shooting reindeer. Sounds like a hard life but the remoteness and daily grind really does take the edge off it.
I explained the badger fiasco and how hunting/shooting is viewed in the UK. He was horrified.
If you google the story it is visible but low key and blamed on the Norwegians. Crackin bit of spin. I can just imagine the headlines if the connection ever gets made.