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Caribou Conservation through Better Cutblock Design

Beginning in 2018, this project will investigate how cutblock design can be less favourable for deer, moose, and elk.

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.

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  • January 2018

    Project Begins

    Progress update: Spatial data layers assembled and field preparation underway

  • June 2018

    Fieldwork Underway

    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.

Siobhan Darlington

Research Staff

Karine Pigeon

Research Staff

Laura Finnegan

Program Lead

Tracy McKay

Research Staff

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