The Abbotsford Fish and Game Club continues to prioritize investing in wildlife management and conservation. By supporting science-based research we are better able to understand the interactions between ungulates and their predators as well as their population dynamics.
Predator management is not well understood by the general public and often management decisions are made under political and social pressures in the absence of robust scientific information. This study focuses specifically on cougars and their spatial and seasonal variation in prey choice across the southern interior of BC.
This kind of data can have huge implications in planning of both cougar and ungulate harvest allocations. We understand the limited funds available for this type of research so it is very exciting to use our investment to partner with the BCWF in order to leverage a MITACS fund match whereby the AFGC $25K contribution has created $100K in total funding for this project. The results of this project are also closely related to the ongoing research on the SIMdeer project, of which AFGC is also a supporter.