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Moose Aquatic Feeding Area Effectiveness Monitoring

Description: During spring and summer in Ontario, moose are commonly observed at sites known as moose aquatic feeding areas. Feeding on aquatic vegetation is thought to be an important source of sodium for moose at this time of year. This study examines the effects of different timber harvesting systems on the use of aquatic feeding areas by moose in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and Boreal transition forests of central Ontario. The 3 main objectives of this study were to:

  • Determine the relationship between moose use around aquatic feeding areas and the adjacent reserve width
  • Investigate the relationship between moose use and the time since last cut adjacent to MAFAs
  • Investigate the overall intensity of moose use of aquatic feeding areas within three silvicultural systems.

 

The Project Team: Brian Naylor, OMNR, Jennifer Chikoski, Lakehead University Student

 

Papers:

Chikoski, J. 2003. Effects of Timber Management Practices on the Use of Aquatic Feeding Areas by Moose (Alces alces) in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence and Boreal Transition Forests of Central Ontario (Master's Thesis).

 

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