Laura Finnegan, fRI Reserach
Woodland caribou are in decline across their range and although the proximate cause of decline is unsustainable rates of predation, health is increasingly recognised as a factor that may contribute to survival and reproduction in caribou. The goal of this two year project is to increase understanding of predator risk and caribou health in westcentral caribou herds. In the first year of this research project our aims were:
1) to use caribou mortality site visits and existing mortality databases to address the current knowledge gap surrounding predators and landscape attributes associated with caribou mortalities in west-central Alberta, and
2) to initiate the first detailed health assessment of west-central caribou herds.
Biodiversity: Species conservation; mountain caribou, boreal caribou
wildlife health, predator use of anthropogenic features associated with oil and gas developments
Herds studied: Alberta:Mountain herds– A la Peche, Narraway, Redrock Prairie Creek
Boreal herds- Little Smoky