Groups versus individuals in the determination of caribou distribution

  • K. R. Whitten
  • R. D. Cameron
Keywords: caribou, distribution, groups, habitat selection, sampling

Abstract

Studies of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) habitat selection based on group analyses have led to erroneous conclusions. Convenient designations such as «male-» or «female-dominated» group encompass a wide array of possible sizes and compositions which change continuously and erratically. Whenever individuals of at particular sex/age class can occur in more than one group type, and/or whenever groups within a type vary in size, an analysis based on groups alone is fallacious. Data must be based on individual caribou for most, if not all, determinations of distribution.
Published
1986-06-01
How to Cite
WhittenK. R., & CameronR. D. (1986). Groups versus individuals in the determination of caribou distribution. Rangifer, 6(2), 325-329. https://doi.org/10.7557/2.6.2.666