Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Reindeer of St. Matthew Island

St Matthew Island is a comic strip by the Australian cartoonist Stuart McMillen. Based on a true story, it describes what happened when 29 reindeer were introduced to the eponymous island in the Bering Sea in 1944. With an absence of predators and plenty of food, life was good for the animals and they bred rapidly. Until 1966, that is, when their population fell from around 6,000 to just 42.

This story comes by way of most recent issue of the e-journal, The Island Review
which always has something interesting, remarkable, or unexpected.

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