Presentation on theme: "Caribou Conservation Conundrum"— Presentation transcript:
1Caribou Conservation Conundrum byKyla M. Flanagan,Department of Biological Sciences University of Calgary, Alberta, CanadaandJalene M. LaMontagneDepartment of Biological Sciences DePaul University, Chicago, IL
2By the end of this case study, you should be able to: Synthesize biological information related to a conservation topic.Apply ecological principles to a current conservation issue.Assess the appropriateness of a proposed management strategy based on biological evidence.Determine the pros and cons of culling a wolf population in Alberta to protect a declining caribou population.Discuss potential challenges of implementing biologically focused management plans.
4Where is this issue taking place? “Environment Canada had to be dragged into court before it came up with a recovery strategy for Canada's endangered woodland caribou”(Max Paris, Environment Unit, VIDEO CBC News: Feb 22, 2012)
5What is the concern over the caribou population? What are the threats to the caribou population?What is the management strategy being proposed?
6Biologist ProfileRachael Mercer is a biologist who has been working at Environment Canada for 6 months. She completed her undergraduate ecology degree and worked at an environmental consulting company in oil and gas for 2 years. Now, as part of the Environment Canada team, she is responsible for determining if culling wolf populations is a viable LONG- TERM strategy for the conservation of caribou.
7Rachael Gets to Work! Wolf Biology Caribou Biology Landscape changes Food web interactionsRachael Gets to Work!
8What should Rachael tell the minister What should Rachael tell the minister? Is a wolf cull a viable long-term caribou conservation strategy? Why or why not?
10October 10, 2012Weber, B. Edmonton Journal. 10 Oct The Canadian Press
11Wrap-up: ChallengesWhat do you think are some challenges of implementing a management plan for caribou in this setting?Are there additional factors that need to be considered?
12By the end of this case study, you should be able to: Synthesize biological information related to a conservation topicApply ecological principles to a current conservation issueAssess the appropriateness of a proposed management strategy based on biological evidenceDetermine the pros and cons of culling a wolf population in Alberta to protect a declining caribou populationDiscuss potential challenges of implementing biologically focused management plans