Caribou surveys using paint markings to get underway in Newfoundland

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The province's Department of Environment and Conservation says it will conduct a mark-resight population census of the Middle Ridge caribou herd in the eastern and central portions of the island, beginning later this week.
The survey - which uses a highly visible red paint to mark animals - will conclude by the end of March.
According to a news release, as part of a mark-resight census, there is a requirement for a number of caribou to be marked using a highly visible red paint. Once a number of animals in the herd have been marked, they will be counted and the relative ratio of marked animals versus unmarked animals will assist in establishing the total population estimate for the herd.
Neither the marking of the caribou, nor the paint itself, poses any harm to the animal. As the marked caribou lose their winter coat this spring, the red marking will fall off the animals.
The public are also advised that low-level flying aircraft will be used in the area to conduct much of this work.

Organizations: Department of Environment and Conservation

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Middle Ridge

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  • Bern
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    while you're at it guys, could you give them blue eyes as well

  • Ken
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Great, now the poachers and predators will see them better. Smooth move.

  • Bern
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    while you're at it guys, could you give them blue eyes as well

  • Ken
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Great, now the poachers and predators will see them better. Smooth move.