Ungulate occurrence in forest harvest blocks is influenced by forage availability, surrounding habitat, and silviculture practices | Summary

6 trailcam photos of ungulates in cutblocks. clockwise from top left: white-tailed deer, elk, moose, mule deer, elk, moose

In Canada, the young forests created by harvesting have shifted the distribution and abundance of deer, elk, and moose. A consequence is unsustainable caribou predation by shared predators like bears, cougars, and wolves. Silviculture practices applied after forest harvesting directly affect the amount of forage available in harvested areas, and therefore can influence ungulate distribution.

We determined how harvest block characteristics and specific treatments of site preparation, planting, and stand tending influence ungulate use of harvest blocks.

This 2-page briefing note summarizes results from this paper.