Research topics

The Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies (formerly Forest Animal Ecology) at the University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå has a long tradition of research on wildlife in general and moose in particular. In 2003, a new project started at SLU, which departed from the traditional VHF transmitters with using the modern technology of GPS / GSM transmitter instead. The technical advances of this new technology have made it possible to follow individuals throughout the day with a high frequency of positions and with high precision.  The new technology allows analyses of landscape features, infrastructure, and wildlife habitat at unprecedented detail over different environments, but also has made it possible for interested persons to follow the moose motion with a slight delay on their own computer at home. All this opens up opportunities to create a strong interest in moose and to improve the management of the moose as a resource. Purpose of the research is comprehensive and deals mainly with acquiring knowledge and developing methods of administration. In particular, the project evaluates moose migrations between summer and winter areas, pasture, home ranges, habitat choice and use of habitat, movement patterns, calving and calf survival and the effects of disturbances. Within the project there are moose marked with GPS / GSM transmitters in Norrbotten, Västerbotten and from 2009 in Kronoberg and Södermanland.

 

The goal of our work is to generate knowledge and to develop ways to manage our wildlife resources. The program will cover the gaps in existing knowledge, where the interaction between different actors is required. Questions about food and feed use, and improved methods for monitoring of game impacts are key issues. The work focuses on moose and roe deer, but may also be extended to other cloven-hoofed species.

 

The research program is a collaboration between SLU's faculty of forestry, Forest Research Institute in Uppsala, Sveaskog, Holmen, LRF, Forest Agency, Swedish Hunters Association, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Southern owners. Wildlife and forest-building program, with funding from both the forestry sector, as hunters organizations, government agencies and other stakeholders is unique in the research context. An important feature of the program is to serve as a platform for dialogue and interaction between scientists, other stakeholders and the society. Please find more specific information about the group's members under ‘people’.