Great Canadian Parks / Québec

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The Parks / Québec / La Mauricie National Park



 


 

The park provides habitats for over 40 species of mammals - the moose, black bear, beaver, red fox, wolf, coyote, red squirrel and snowshoe hare are the most representative. At the northern limit of their distribution area are the white-tailed deer, long-tailed weasel and northern oriole; the wolf, moose, least weasel, spruce grouse, and common raven are at their southern limit. The mink, otter, marten and fisher are also abundant, while raccoon, porcupine, woodchuck and smaller rodents are less visible. The largest North American land animal, the moose has been in danger of extinction through hunting and loss of habitat. Today, its population, although stable, is still adversely affected by hunting, logging and the development of resort areas outside the park. The presence of a wolf population and the advantage of controlled burns to provide the moose with an abundant food supply are factors that alter the mooseŽs habitat. Over 180 species of birds have been spotted of which 60 are aquatic, 70 live underground and 20 are birds of prey, although only the osprey and the hawk are common hunters. In the coniferous forests, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet, several kinds of warblers, thrushes and the Dark-eyed Junco abound; grouse, jay, chickadee and finch live in the mixed forests; in the deciduous forests to the south live the Ovenbird, Veery, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Wood-peewee and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The abundant lakes and streams are home to ducks and loons as well as various salamanders, frogs and turtles that are unexpected so far north.

 

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