Inventory of woodland caribou research

NCASI is distributing Special Report 11-02An Inventory of Caribou Research Programs in Canada. This report was prepared by Kristin Rostad and includes an introduction by Dr. Darren Sleep of NCASI. The abstract follows.

“Caribou or Rangifer tarandus is a species of deer that lives in tundra, taiga, and forest habitats at high latitudes in the northern hemisphere, including Russia and Scandinavia; Alaska, Idaho, and Washington states; and Canada. The woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) has been listed under Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and is a high profile subspecies as it relates to forested environments across Canada. Further, the decline of this emblematic species has been linked to forest management practices throughout its range, and as a result, conservation of the species is a high priority for many forest products companies. As research on this subspecies is important to aid in its conservation and management, researchers from across Canada were surveyed to document the current research effort within the species’ range. These findings are a follow-up to a similar NCASI project in 2007, and show a notable increase in caribou-related research since that time. While some research topics have shown decreases in effort, most have seen increased effort. Overall, the number of research programs across the country has increased since 2007, with several jurisdictions showing significant increases in research projects. It is hoped that this inventory will be useful for coordinating research efforts on woodland caribou, and in helping delineate future research efforts with an eye to long-term caribou conservation.”   

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