Converting old forest to early seral stands through forest harvesting turns good habitat for caribou into good habitat for moose, deer, and elk—and their predators. We will set up camera traps in cutblocks and fit deer with GPS collars to see how cutblock characteristics affect their use by deer. Managers can use this to design cutblocks with caribou conservation in mind.
Caribou Conservation through Better Cutblock Design
- January 2018
Progress update: Spatial data layers assembled and field preparation underway
- June 2018
Progress update: Crews setting up trail cameras
- September 2018
Trailcamera Progress and Vegetation Sampling
Progress update: 65 trailcams deployed & vegetation assessments carried out on a subset of plots
- January 2019
Deer Capture Underway
Progress update: Crews setting and checking traps to fit deer with GPS collars.
- March 2019
Capture Season Complete
Progress update: 12 deer captured; 9 fitted with GPS collars.
Infographic by Heather Hinam describing a Caribou Program project.