Using Hunter Observations and Ecological Knowledge Together with Science to Understand Past and Current Occurrence of Diseases in Northern Wildlife

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: health, wildlife, hunting, disease

Principal Investigator: Kutz, Susan M. (3)
Licence Number: 13762
Organization: Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Licenced Year(s): 2005
Issued: Mar 14, 2005
Project Team: Brett Elki

Objective(s): Wildlife in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions are very important renewable resources. Wildlife populations can be negatively affected by wildlife diseases, and so can the people who harvest, handle and consume wildlife. The main objectives of this study are to determine 1) the past and current distribution of diseases in caribou, muskoxen, moose, and Dall's sheep in the NWT, 2) whether harvesters have observed a change in distribution or abundance of diseases in wildlife over the last 20-30 years, and 3) harvesters' perceptions of the impact of various diseases on wildlife health and the impact of climate change on wildlife disease.