Presentation on theme: "Caribou Conservation Conundrum"— Presentation transcript:
1 Caribou Conservation Conundrum byKyla M. Flanagan,Department of Biological Sciences University of Calgary, Alberta, CanadaandJalene M. LaMontagneDepartment of Biological Sciences DePaul University, Chicago, IL
2 By 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.
4 Where 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)
5 What is the concern over the caribou population? What are the threats to the caribou population?What is the management strategy being proposed?
6 Biologist 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.
7 Rachael Gets to Work! Wolf Biology Caribou Biology Landscape changes Food web interactionsRachael Gets to Work!
8 What 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?
10 October 10, 2012Weber, B. Edmonton Journal. 10 Oct The Canadian Press
11 Wrap-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?
12 By 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