The Great Northern Peninsula has many natural wonders from fjords to forests, rivers to seascapes and wondrous wildlife. For the nature lover, it is a place to explore.
A total of four caribou had crossed the highway and not a hunter in sight. I had taken my professional camera and quickly grabbed it, only to find it was missing its memory card. Despite loss of time, I did manage a few photos with the camera on a Blackberry Torch. It was a wonderful sight! I drive the Viking Trail and Route 432 on a regular basis and on occasion get the pleasure of spotting these animals.
It is evident there has been a population decline of the caribou. As a child one would quickly regularly spot herds of caribou in the St. Paul‘s region or around the St. Anthony airport. A significant decline in population has local impacts on other animal populations, local food supplies, outfitting, eco-tourism and other economic and cultural opportunities.
When visiting the Great Northern Peninsula, you too may catch a glimpse of the mighty caribou, moose, array of birds or other wildlife on your journey. Keep your eyes peeled and safe travels!
Live Rural NL –Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North