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Monitoring the body condition of caribou in late winter: developing and evaluating a "hands-off" approach


July 2008 - June 2010


This pilot study will develop and evaluate the noninvasive technique derived from captive trials for assessing body condition of wild populations of caribou in Alaska. These data are also part of larger project comparing body condition of Rangifer spp. across North America which will provide baselines for regional and international monitoring programs. Future work will examine variation in demography (e.g., age and sex structure), resource availability and quality, and reproductive success in relation to changes in body condition at the individual and population levels.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 127

Presentations: 213



Funding Agencies

  • National Park Service


Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Alaska Fairbanks
  5. Wildlife Management Institute