Project Code: WEYDV-02-034
Program: FRIP
Area:Applied Research
Sponsor:Weyerhaeuser Company Limited
Region:Slave Lake
Project Status:Complete

The objectives of the project were to conduct an inventory of furbearers, assess the relative use of stand ages of similar stand type before logging, and to assess habitat preference by use and availability techniques for the Slave Lake FMA. Distribution was determined by winter track surveys in 1999 and fur trapping records from the 1985-86 to 1996-97 seasons. A total of 542 furbearer tracks were inventoried over 34.9 km of transects. Red squirrel (65%), fisher (20%) and short- tailed weasel (10%) tracks were the most abundant. Based on track data alone, 5 furbearer species or their prey may be used to assess the status of habitats in Weyerhaeuser’s Slave Lake FMA. The final report was developed by Gerald Proulx and Vivian Banci from Alpha Wildlife Research and Management Ltd. In May 1999. The report was entitled, “Occurrence of Furbearers in Weyerhaeuser’s Slave Lake Management Area”.