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Wolverine and Highways Research

Wolverine and Highways Research

We evaluated the potential effects of a major east-west transportation corridor - the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) - on wolverine movements and gene flow in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The TCH mitigation is the first of its kind within the range of wolverines in North America. The research has immediate implications for design of transportation systems. It provides evidence-based data for a species that is fast-becoming a benchmark for large-scale connectivity.

Using two non-invasive methods (hair snagging and remote cameras) over a 6000 km2 study area, our main objectives were to estimate population size, model habitat occupancy, and assess fine-scale genetic structure across the TCH and other potential barriers.

From 2010-2013, our research addressed the crossing structure design requirements of wolverines in western North America. Additionally, it provided the first information on wolverine occupancy and habitat relationships in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.

To learn about the 2010-2011 research program and its results, please read the following documents:

Summary of Wolverine Research 2010-2011
Wolverine Research - Annual Report

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