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Achievements & Results

Significant research findings for wildlife management and the development of important land management tools have been developed and include:

  • New remote sensing procedures that produce habitat maps for large areas using satellite imagery
  • New resource selection function (RSF) models that combines the remote sensing based habitat maps and grizzly bear location data to identify where grizzly bears are most likely to be on the landscape
  • New models, using graph theory analysis, that identify grizzly bear movement corridors across the landscape
  • New techniques to monitor and assess grizzly bear health. Preliminary work has identified significant differences between two populations of grizzly bears in Alberta, in relation to reproductive health measures. We are now in the process of looking at grizzly bear health and possible links with landscape condition for all populations in Alberta
  • Advancement in the area of DNA grizzly bear census techniques to enhance the ability to monitor grizzly bear population status over time
  • New procedures and techniques for the capture and handling of grizzly bears for research and management purposes. These procedures are now being adopted as new leading edge standards for grizzly bear handling in Alberta and other jurisdictions in North America.

Land and resource managers are now using the identified tools and findings from this research program for resource planning purposes.
 

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