TEMPORAL PATTERNS IN SASKATCHEWAN MOOSE POPULATIONS, 1955 - 1988
Thirty-four years (1955-1988) of moose aerial trend survey data were evaluated to determine long term population trends and the presence and duration of any cycles within 4 broad regions within the commercial forest zone of Saskatchewan. Inspection of the datasets combined with analysis of 5- and 9- year moving averages resulted in the identification of distinct 9-11 synchronous cycles in density estimates for each of the 4 areas. The data were suggestive of populations which were high at the turn of each decade and low at mid-decade. Further evaluation of data on hunter effort failed to establish any simple link between hunter effort and the observed cycles.
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