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Boreal caribou science to inform recovery – science summary sheet #1

This summary document is the first in a series of Science Summary Sheets in preparation with the goal of communicating the scientific work undertaken by Environment and Climate Change Canada and its partners to inform the recovery of the Boreal population of Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Canada.

The summary outlines the results of a national meta-analysis that investigated the relationship between calf recruitment and a range of predictor variables hypothesized to influence boreal caribou population dynamics as part of the 2011 Scientific Assessment. The recruitment-disturbance relationship derived from this work was a critical component of the tool developed for quantifying the capacity of a range to maintain a self-sustaining caribou population based on habitat condition described in the Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal population in Canada. The summary also describes more recent work that explores a key knowledge gap identified in the Schedule of Studies in the 2012 Recovery Strategy regarding the need to further investigate the applicability of the disturbance model in Saskatchewan’s Boreal Shield range (SK1).

For further information, please consult the comprehensive 2011 Scientific Assessment, the 2012 Recovery Strategy, and the 2019 proposed Amended Recovery Strategy for the species (see links below).


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