Summer distribution, abundance, movements and diet of reintroduced elk (Cervus canadensis) in habitats created by clearcutting in the boreal forest
Master of Science
DisciplineNatural Resources Management
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Ontario elk restoration program involved 443 elk (Cervus canadensis) from Elk Island National Park, Alberta, re-introduced into four areas of Ontario during 1998-2001. In Northwestern Ontario, the Lake of the Woods (LOW) region received a total of 104 elk in 2000 and 2001. Currently, the region supports a small, free-ranging elk population with a relatively slow rate of increase; most often the elk occupy grassy clearcuts created by logging. In this study, population size and use of foraging patches and roads are described for the spring - summer period. Seasonal home range and activity patterns are evaluated using motion activated cameras, radio-telemetry and direct observation. Spring - summer diet composition is described from microhistological analysis of fecal pellets.