National Geographic : 1942 Sep
Ray B.Dame, U.S.Department of the Interior Half a Century Ago There Were No Reindeer in Alaska-Now Thousands Range over the Tundra In 1891 ten animals were imported from Siberia and later others arrived. Laplanders came to teach the Eskimos how tocare for the herds. Today more than 200,000 reindeer flourish here, most of them over the coastal areas bordering the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Some 15,000 Eskimos depend onthem as achief source of food and clothing, killing about 37,000 animals each year (page 313).