There and Back Again: One Caribou’s (Rangifer tarandus) Migratory Behaviour Hints at Genetic Exchange between Designatable Units

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Title There and Back Again: One Caribou’s (Rangifer tarandus) Migratory Behaviour Hints at Genetic Exchange between Designatable Units
 
Creator Watters, Megan
DeMars, Craig
 
Subject Caribou; Rangifer tarandus; Boreal Caribou; northern Mountain Caribou; designatable unit; genetic exchange; calving behaviour
 
Description Spatial overlap periodically occurs between Boreal Caribou designatable unit (DU) 6 and Northern Mountain Caribou DU7, although overlaps are thought to occur primarily in winter when the likelihood of genetic exchange is low. In May 2013, a Caribou migrated from the Parker Boreal Caribou range (DU6) to calve in the alpine area of the Muskwa Northern Mountain Caribou range (DU7). This individual calved in the Parker range in 2014, but in 2015, she repeated her 2013 migration, travelling intothe Muskwa range to calve within 700 m of her 2013 calving location. This individual’s behaviour points to possible genetic exchange between the two DUs.
 
Publisher The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
 
Contributor
 
Date 2017-03-29
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Short Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://journals.sfu.ca/cfn/index.php/cfn/article/view/1923
10.22621/cfn.v130i4.1923
 
Source The Canadian Field-Naturalist; Vol 130, No 4 (2016); 304-307
0008-3550
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://journals.sfu.ca/cfn/index.php/cfn/article/view/1923/1847
 
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