Associate Professor at the Department of Biology at the U of S Philip McLoughlin says the caribou population in Saskatchewan is one of the most secure populations of caribou in Canada.
McLoughlin is leading a study on the caribou population. Funded by industry and government, the study thus far flies in the face of a claim outlined in the federal Recovery Strategy for Woodland Caribou that caribou populations aren’t self-sustaining.
McLoughlin says reproduction among caribou in the province seems like it is going well at this point, as they have one of the highest densities in the country, but it also helps that the wolf population is likely low for a region 3.5 times bigger than other caribou ranges.
McLoughlin notes wolves’ only other prey, moose, are also recorded as having the lowest density in boreal forests of North America.
The second half of the study will look into wolf numbers and their patterns.
The final report from the study is expected to be complete by December 31st, 2018.