Growth of the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland caribou herd
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Arthur T. Bergerud; Michael J. Nolan; Ken Curnew; W. Eugene Mercer
Publication Year: 1983

Cataloging Information

  • Canada
  • caribou
  • mortality
  • Newfoundland
  • population density
  • predation
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Record Last Modified: December 3, 2015
FRAMES Record Number: 3547


The Avalon Peninsula caribou (Rangifer tarandus) herd in Newfoundland increased from 720 animals in 1967 to 3,000 animals in 1979, a mean rate of increase of r=0.12. The mean adult sex ratio was 39 males: 61 females and 73% of females were parous. Calf recruitment averaged 25% and adult mortality was estimated at 14%. The herd expanded at a relatively constant growth rate with no evidence of a logistic growth curve as density increased to 2.0 caribou/km2. The rapid increase of the herd and the attainment of such a high density is consistent with the view that predation is an important natural control limiting the growth of many caribou herds in North America.

Online Link(s):
Bergerud, Arthur T.; Nolan, Michael J.; Curnew, Ken; Mercer, W. Eugene. 1983. Growth of the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland caribou herd. Journal of Wildlife Management 47(4):989-998.