Less invasive ways to monitor caribou are coming: biologist

CBC North – Scientists are seeking less invasive ways to monitor caribou in Canada’s North, and one biologist says cutting-edge remote sensing technology could someday be the tool of the future. Aboriginal elders and hunters who rely on caribou and other northern wildlife have long raised concerns with eating animals that has been chased, tranquillized and fitted with satellite tracking collars in the name of research. The process of darting and collaring caribou is currently the only way scientists can track the animals’ migration patterns, but Nunavut government biologist Mitch Campbell said remote tracking technology could change that.

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