Melanie Dickie

M.Sc Student

The impact of human disturbance on predator movement.

Supervised by Dr. Stan Boutin

Melanie_BridgesFeatures associated with oil and gas exploration (seismic lines, pipelines, roads etc.) are hypothesized to increase wolf predation on boreal woodland caribou by increasing spatial overlap, increasing wolf populations, and increasing wolf hunting efficiency. My research aims to assess 1) which types of linear features wolves prefer, 2) which biophysical attributes on the features are important in determining their use, and 3) how the use of these features impacts wolf movement and hunting efficiency. This knowledge can aid mitigation strategies by targeting specific features for reclamation (i.e. silviculture) and linear deactivation (i.e blocking with fences or tree felling), allowing for more effective use of conservation resources.

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