PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Cowboys and Carivores

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The Miistakis Institute together with the Drywood Yarrow Conservation Partnership are currently developing a landowner carnivore monitoring program for SW Alberta. Carnivore conflicts with the ranching community in SW Alberta are common and landowners recognize the need to monitor interactions with carnivores to assist in the development of solutions.

Addressing the complexity of environmental problems requires the development of new approaches and frameworks where citizens, academics and decision-makers work jointly to understand and address issues of significance. Ultimately, making science-based information more accessible and fluid requires an exploration of new approaches to integrate citizens in research. Based on this premise an area of research that Miistakis is interested in is the exploration of engaging citizens in science to help inform and address issue of significance. This concept of engaging citizens in science can be applied to a variety of landscape issues, such as monitoring interactions with carnivores in the drywood yarrow watershed.

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Carnivore conflicts with the ranching community in SW Alberta are common and landowners recognize the need to monitor carnivore (both conflicts and movements) to assist in the development of solutions. Ultimately, the collaborative management between public and private land managers is essential to the long-term persistence of wide-ranging wildlife. It is beneficial to integrate private landowners into research on the long term health of carnivore species in the region. In addition, monitoring of carnivore species is also an important component for the development of management strategies to address human wildlife conflicts occurring along the Eastern Slopes of south western Alberta and in the transboundary Crown of the Continent.

The program has three components;
  • on-line mapping tool (records observations and conflicts);
  • remote camera deployment (strategically placed to document presence, conflict areas and effectiveness of solutions), and;
  • molecular genetic monitoring (collected in a non- invasive manner by sweeping fence lines for wildlife hairs).


Click here to learn more about the http://www.rockies.ca/project_info/Landowner%20Carnivore%20Monitoring%20Program.pdf.



To learn more about Cowboys and Carnivores, please visit: http://www.rockies.ca/drywood

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