Archaeological Investigations of Alpine Ice Patches in the Selwyn Mountains, Northwest Territories, Canada
Diet and Habitat of Mountain Woodland Caribou Inferred from Dung Preserved in 5000-year-old Alpine Ice in the Selwyn Mountains, Northwest Territories, Canada
Ancient DNA Reveals Genetic Continuity in Mountain Woodland Caribou of the Mackenzie and Selwyn Mountains, Northwest Territories, Canada
Alpine Ice Patches and Shúhtagot'ine Land Use in the Mackenzie and Selwyn Mountains, Northwest Territories, Canada
What do climate change impacts to ice patches mean for the caribou that use them? Research in both Scandinavia ([Anderson, J.R.] and Nilssen, 1998) and Canada (Ion and Kershaw, 1989) demonstrates that reindeer and caribou use alpine ice patches to cool down on warm summer days and to seek relief from parasitic flies. Indeed, it is this behavior that led ancient hunters to ice patches in the first place. In 2010, during summer fieldwork in the Selwyn Mountains, we witnessed mountain caribou bedding down in dung where ice patches had existed until recently, suggesting that caribou are habituated not only to ice patches, but also to their specific locations, whether ice remains or not. As these summer alpine patches...