Jason Fisher discusses research undertaken about fawning rates and expansion of White-tailed Deer in boreal Alberta. As a Senior Research Scientist in wildlife ecology for Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures, Fisher speaks of the main aspects of the research, including the use of camera traps and satellite collars to test hypotheses about expansion and movement of the deer.
He discusses the hypotheses being considered and a new occupancy model used to estimate the probability of deer detection, probability of deer occupancy, spatial growth rate, and other important qualities. Once densities of deer are understood, then management plans can happen. This presentation was a part of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) Ecological Issues and Resource Access Forum in November of 2014.