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Tue06Apr20217:30 pmZoom Meeting (TBD)
The restoration of elk (Cervus elaphus) to Ontario: update and status
Michael Allan is a Wildlife Research Technician with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and has worked as a wildlife research technician/biologist for over 30 years. He has two college diplomas: an Environmental Resource Field Technician diploma from Loyalist College in Belleville and a Fish and Wildlife Technician diploma from Fleming College in Lindsay. He also completed an Honours BSc degree in biology/environmental science and an MSc in Environmental and Life Sciences from Trent University.
Mike will present on the history of elk in North America - species and range and on the restoration of elk in Ontario. He will provide an update on the Bancroft-North Hastings (BNH) elk herd and present some of the research findings on the herd. Mike will discuss past, current and future survey methods employed and will provide the current status of elk in release areas.
Michael Allan is a Wildlife Research Technician with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. He has worked as a wildlife research technician/biologist for over 30 years. He completed his Master of Science on elk calving site selection and fidelity on the Bancroft North Hastings elk herd and has been involved with research on this herd since 2000. He has also been working on canine research and management and assisted in organizing a cooperative international plan to relocate wolves successfully from Michipicoten Island, Ontario to Isle Royale in Michigan, USA. He has conducted wildlife research on many species of animals including big game - elk, moose, deer, caribou, black bears, polar bears and wolves - and has considerable expertise in methods associated in controlling rabies in raccoon populations. Mike is currently working on developing a suitable method for aerial inventory survey of elk in the Bancroft North Hastings herd.
He possesses two college diplomas, an Environmental Resource Field Technician diploma from Loyalist College in Belleville and a Fish and Wildlife Technician diploma from Fleming College in Lindsay. He completed his Honour’s undergrad degree in biology/environmental science and his Master of Science degree in Environmental and Life Sciences from Trent University.