Observation of Arctic island barren-ground caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) migratory movement delay due to human induced sea-ice breaking

  • Mathieu Dumond
  • Shane Sather
  • Rob Harmer
Keywords: caribou, ice breaking, migration, movements, Rangifer, sea-ice

Abstract

The seasonal migration of the Dolphin and Union caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) herd between Victoria Island and the mainland (Nunavut/Northwest Territories, Canada) relies on the formation of sea-ice that connects the Island to the mainland from late-October to early-June.  During an aerial survey of the Dolphin and Union caribou herd in October 2007 on southern Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada, we documented the short-term effects of the artificial maintenance of an open water channel in the sea-ice on caribou migratory movements during staging along the coast.

Published
2013-06-01
How to Cite
DumondM., SatherS., & HarmerR. (2013). Observation of Arctic island barren-ground caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) migratory movement delay due to human induced sea-ice breaking. Rangifer, 33(2), 115-122. https://doi.org/10.7557/2.33.2.2533
Section
Brief communications