September 2020: Despite Covid-19, the Program succeeded in completing its 14th field season. This time, the focus was on the extreme northwest, where interactions between the local, human population in Qaanaaq and Siorapaluk and the wolves of Greenland have been more frequent than previously in recorded history. We expect to return to learn more in coming years.
November 2019: The Program has now produced a paper – 7 years in the making – that makes a most astonishing claim and produces data in support thereof: That the wolf population that inhabited Northeast Greenland during the late 20th century has disappeared, resulting in a 51% reduction in occupied wolf range within Greenland and a 42% reduction in Greenland wolf population size. It was outside the scope of this study to conduct a complete analysis of all potential factors in the disappearance. In North Greenland, a small population of up to 32 wolves during optimal years continues to exist. The paper has been submitted to a scientific journal for consideration for publication. We hope it passes peer-review and is published in 2020/2021.
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About The Program
The Greenland Wolf Research Program is a long-term study of the ecology of arctic wolves in Greenland started in 1991. Publications resulting from this research have appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals or proceedings: Arctic, Canadian Field-Naturalist, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Ecology and Conservation of Wolves in a Changing World, Polar Biology, Polar Record, Journal of Mammalogy, and Wildlife Biology. We gratefully acknowledge logistical support by the Royal Danish Air Force, the Royal Danish Navy, the U.S. Air Force, and others.
Buckland, S.T., D.R. Anderson, K.P. Burnham, J.L. Laake, D.L. Borchers, and L. Thomas. 2004. Advanced distance sampling. Oxford University Press Inc, New York. 416 pp.