Mirjam Barrueto

University of Calgary / Wolverine Watch
Like larger carnivores, wolverines are vulnerable to overharvest and habitat loss. Wolverines’ large spatial requirements transcend most management boundaries and the large, undisturbed areas they rely on are becoming scarce; broad research collaborations are imperative to ensure population persistence. We have been studying wolverine across the Canadian Rockies since 2010, using camera and DNA-based non-invasive methods to collect individual capture-recapture and genetic data and to understand population size and genetic connectivity. We are now expanding this research across an additional 40,000 km2 and are including non-traditional partnerships, to study 1) detailed demographic information, and 2) natural and human factors that might influence landscape-level wolverine distribution (e.g., habitat quality, forestry, recreational and commercial backcountry uses). We focus on disturbance-sensitive female wolverines to understand the relative importance of potential threats to population persistence in multi-use landscapes, and work directly with stakeholders to make our findings more relevant to user groups and managers.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, December 4