Seasonal movement and migration patterns within West Greenland caribou populations lack coordination in timing or direction of movement, although individuals have been reported to undergo either fairly consistent seasonal patterns or relatively localized year-round movements, which are often, but not always, concentrated closer to the inland ice cap (summarized in Cuyler et al.
While the focus of this article was to produce more precise and accurate estimates of West Greenland caribou herds, other indicators of ecological change should be considered to provide insights on population dynamics and habitat relationships that can feed into management.
Based on our assessment of the West Greenland caribou survey methodology, we propose the following recommendations:
We acknowledge that financial limitations will play a large part in changes to West Greenland caribou survey design.
2007: West Greenland caribou explosion: What happened What about the future?
2005: Fertility in two West Greenland caribou Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus populations during 1996/97: potential for rapid growth.
2005: Status of 2 West Greenland caribou populations 2005; 1) Akia-Maniitsoq, 2) Kangerlussuaq Sisimiut.
2007: Status of two West Greenland caribou populations 2006, 1) Ameralik, 2) Qeqertarsuatsiaat.
2003: Status of 3 West Greenland caribou populations; 1) Akia-Maniitsoq, 2) Ameralik & 3) Qeqertarsuatsiaat.