Boyce Lab

Julien Gullo, M.Sc.

Movement Ecology of Stone’s Sheep in response to hunter presence

Nearly all of the global population of Stone’s sheep live within northern British Columbia, where they occupy vast and isolated habitats. Although some research has been completed on these animals, the non-consumptive effects of hunting on Stone’s sheep have yet to be studied. In this project, we plan to measure habitat selection and movement patterns of Stone’s sheep ewes and rams in response to hunter presence on the landscape in order to determine some of the non-consumptive effects that hunting activities may have on this species.. By developing a more comprehensive account of the impacts of hunting on Stone’s sheep ecology, we hope to better inform wildlife managers of the total impacts of harvest allocations.