Friday, February 17, 2006
Monarch of the Wild - Avalon
With its dense stands of mature spruce forests, abundant supply of lichens and low-growing shrubs, and balanced blend of uplands, lowlands and wetlands, the Avalon Peninsula once provided an ideal habitat for caribou. Unfortunately this herd has been decimated by coyote predation and natural disease. Within 2 hours drive of St. John's one would often see these monarchs of the wild by the roadside. Other areas of the province of Newfoundland still host the world's most southerly herd of woodland caribou, one of 7 subspecies of caribou found worldwide.