Spitsbergen Reindeer (image) University of Washington Caption Reindeer graze on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in this 1992 photo. Many reindeer on Spitsbergen have starved to death because of rain-on-snow events, in the same way as musk oxen on Banks Island died by the thousands in 2003. Credit Jaakko Putkonen Usage Restrictions Bona fide news use only. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.