Red Lake Wolverine Project Field Report 2022
Scrafford, M., Seguin, J. and McCaw, L.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada began the Red Lake wolverine project in spring 2018. This report provides a summary of data we collected through five field seasons and highlights from our 2022 field season. Our reports from previous field seasons are available on the WCS Canada website (https://www.wcscanada.org/Publications/Conservation-Reports.aspx).
The Ontario government listed wolverines as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, 2007. Scientists drafted a Wolverine Recovery Strategy (2013) in response to their listing and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) created a Government Response Statement (2016) that prioritized research and conservation actions for wolverines. We designed our field project to address six action items in the Government Response Statement:
Produce data that quantifies wolverine abundance in Red Lake and across the Ontario shield (Action #1).
Determine wolverine habitat use and den-site selection in response to industrial disturbance (Actions #2 and #4).
Develop best-management practices for human activities in wolverine habitats (Actions #7 and #13).
Promote public awareness of wolverines through targeted communication products
wolverine; wolverines; Red Lake; Ontario Northern Boreal; abundance; habitat use; den-site selection
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Scrafford, M., J. Seguin, and L. McCaw (2022). Red Lake Wolverine Project Field Report 2022. Ontario, Canada: Wildlife Conservation Society, Canada.