Winter forage selection by barren-ground caribou: Effects of fire and snow

  • Lisa Saperstein
Keywords: barren-ground caribou, winter forage, forage selection, fire, lichens, Rangifer, snow, tundra

Abstract

Both long- and short-term consequences should be considered when examining the effects of fire on the foraging behavior of caribou. Post-fire increases in protein content, digestibility, and availability of E. vaginatum make burned tussock tundra an attractive feeding area for caribou in late winter. These benefits are likely short-lived, however. Lowered availability of lichens and increased relative frequency of bryophytes will persist for a much longer period.
Published
1996-01-01
How to Cite
SapersteinL. (1996). Winter forage selection by barren-ground caribou: Effects of fire and snow. Rangifer, 16(4), 237-238. https://doi.org/10.7557/2.16.4.1248
Section
Brief communications