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Potential Impacts of Mountain Pine Beetle and Management Actions on Grizzly Bear and Caribou Populations in West-Central Alberta

This project will determine how MPB-killed stands are impacting caribou and grizzly bear habitat.

This is a two-year study of food supply, that will determine whether Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) killed stands impact caribou & grizzly bear habitat. Results will inform managers of the urgency for alternative strategies to control MPB.

There is also a related 2018 project focused on grizzly bear and caribou behavioural response to MPB: Caribou and Grizzly Bear Response to Pine Forests Killed by Mountain Pine Beetle

  • May 2014

    1st Field Season Underway

    Progress update: Vegetation sampling in Little Smoky, A La Peche, Redrock and Narraway ranges

  • May 2015

    2nd Field Season Underway

    Progress update: Vegetation sampling in the Chinchaga caribou range.

  • Fall 2015

    Food Modelling Begins

    Progress update: Field data for caribou and grizzly bear foods analyzed

  • Summer 2016

    Food Models Completed

    Progress update: Over 40 food models for caribou and grizzly bear foods developed

  • Fall 2016

    GIS Tool Development Begins

    Progress update: Tool for land managers to simulate the effect of MPB on key foods

  • April 2014

    Project Begins

  • March 2017

    GIS Tool Complete

    Progress update: Tool and final report delivered to partners.

  • Spring 2017

    Project Complete

    Progress update: Papers in production and occasional tool improvements continue

Laura Finnegan

Program Lead

Terry Larsen

Research Staff

Gord Stenhouse

Program Lead

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