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article imageParks Canada gives rare view of wildlife in Ivvavik National Park

By Leigh Goessl     Jul 23, 2013 in Environment
Parks Canada has given the public a unique view into the natural movement of wildlife in a remote section of the Arctic, in Ivvavik National Park. The agency placed cameras in the park to gather images and data.
Last year Parks Canada placed numerous cameras in Ivvavik National Park in order to gather data and capture images of wildlife movement in this remote northern tip of the Yukon.
The cameras had been left up all winter and captured some remarkable movement despite the dark wintry conditions and harsh temperatures that fell below -40 C (-40 F).
The agency has given a glimpse to the public of what they found. A video containing images of the unique porcupine caribou at a natural mineral lick was recently posted to YouTube by Parks Canada, the images are from June 16 to June 23, 2012 (video shown above).
Wildlife captured included "spectacular shots of wolverines, grizzlies, porcupine caribou," reported CBC News.
"We can derive a lot of potential information like behaviour, occupancy modeling, habitat use and diurnal pattern, inter-species interaction … there’s a lot of information we can derive, but it’s still a work in progress," said Jean-François Bisaillon, Parks Canada's lead ecologist for the wildlife camera project, told CBC News.
Due to the success of the project, the agency installed additional cameras to capture additional footage.
"The remote wildlife cameras allow Parks Canada to monitor various species in the park, at a distance, in a cost-effective manner," the agency said in a July 16 press release. "The images taken by the cameras also provide opportunities for Canadians to connect to the incredible wildlife of this Arctic national park."
This is not the first time Parks Canada has used cameras in the wild. Previously, footage had been taken at Banff National Park. Here is a time lapse video that shows a full year of images.
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