Mammals

This page features articles and video presentations about Alberta's mammals. See our Featured Species page for information on other species.

Photo Credit: N. Heaslip

Deadly Fungus Adds to Bat Conservation Concerns

11 April 2023

BY CORY OLSON

While bats have a remarkable ability to manage energy reserves, only a few can withstand the devastating impacts of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease caused by a fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, that grows on bats during hibernation, which will lead to more frequent arousals during the winter, depletion of energy stores, and eventual starvation.

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The Long and Winding Road to Caribou Recovery in Alberta

27 March 2023

Recorded Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Richard Schneider
Host: Nature Alberta

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Photo credit: Rick Price

Delta Dawn with the Wolves of Wood Buffalo National Park

13 January 2023

BY ERIN MCCLOSKEY

Wood Buffalo National Park was established in 1922 to protect what remained of Canada’s wood bison. Today, exactly 100 years later, the park supports a population of approximately 3,000 bison, which coexist alongside their natural predator, the wolf. The core range of the park is quite possibly the only place where bison are wolves’ primary prey.

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Photo credit: Mark Bradley

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13 January 2023

BY RICHARD SCHNEIDER

Why do Alberta’s Caribou Keep Declining, and What Can We Do About It?

Despite the woodland caribou’s high profile and the millions of dollars we’ve poured into research, the caribou’s story is one of progressive decline. Here, Richard explores the key challenges that make caribou conservation so difficult and provides an unvarnished perspective on what needs to change.

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Photo credit: Susan Elliott

Citizen Scientists Come to the Aid of the Tenacious Franklin’s Ground Squirrel

11 January 2023

BY GILLIAN CHOW-FRASER AND RICHARD SCHNEIDER

In Alberta, the status of Franklin’s ground squirrel has still not been determined. The provincial government maintains that there is not enough information to say whether the population is stable or imperiled. In the spring of 2022, Nature Alberta initiated a citizen science project to help fill some of the data gaps. The results are presented here.

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What Bears Teach Us

21 November 2022

Recorded Presentation
Speaker: SARAH ELMELIGI
Host: Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society

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Wild Boars on the March

2 October 2022

Initially, wild boar numbers were low and they went largely unnoticed. However, their high reproductive rate is a recipe for exponential growth, which is exactly what has happened.

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Death by “Data Deficient”: The Disappearance of Wolverines in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes

22 July 2022

BY GILLIAN CHOW-FRASER

Olaus Murie once wrote, “I wonder if there is another inhabitant of northern wilderness that so excites the imagination.”1 The species he was referring to? None other than the wolverine.

More than 60 years later, the same thought ran through my mind as I tracked through the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. Would this be the day? Would I be able to catch even a brief glimpse of a wolverine’s bushy tail in the distance?

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The Ronald Lake Wood Bison Herd: Observations From Their Home

21 July 2022

BY GARRETT RAWLEIGH & LEE HECKER

When people think of bison, they often picture the vast herds of plains bison that once roamed the Great Plains of North America. These massive herds, and the story of their demise, are well known. But how many people are familiar with their larger northern cousin?

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Contributors To Conflict And Coexistence With Urban Coyotes

31 January 2022

Recorded Presentation
Speaker: COLLEEN CASSADY ST. CLAIR
Host: Nature Alberta

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