Canadian Forest Service Publications

The impact of mountain pine beetle infestation on caribou vulnerability to predation in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and foothills, 2022, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Research Connections: Cumulative Effects. Note 9. 3 p.

Year: 2022

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 40733

Language: English

Series: Research Connections - Cumulative Effects

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Jasper National Park is home to two caribou herds, which are a critically threatened species known for their sensitivity to habitat disturbance. The park is presently faced with an outbreak of mountain pine beetles (MPB), and there is little knowledge on the impact of their presence on caribou. This project will investigate the impacts of MPB outbreaks and forest fires on caribou population vulnerability and predation within the park. The research will be undertaken using an ecological approach and will use computer simulations to investigate these disturbances on caribou. This project will provide stakeholders in Parks Canada, Alberta Environment and Parks, and the forest industry. It will include science-based data to use in policy decisions that relate to the maintenance of biodiversity and caribou populations in the Rocky Mountain regions of Alberta and British Columbia.

Also available under the title:
L’incidence de l’infestation par le dendroctone du pin ponderosa sur la vulnérabilité des caribous à la prédation dans les Rocheuses canadiennes et ses contreforts. Note 9 (French)