Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet 
February 2019



 

Joanie Van de Walle
PhD student in Biology
Université de Sherbrooke

Award-winning publicationHunting regulation favors slow life histories in a large carnivore

Published in: Nature Communications

Abstract

Human activity disrupts natural ecological processes and exerts selection pressure on wildlife. In her article, Joanie Van de Walle demonstrates that hunting practices and regulations over the past 20 years have caused female grizzlies in Scandinavia to change their reproduction strategies. Indeed, because family groups are legally protected, the survival rates of females that remain with their cubs has increased, leading to longer periods of female-cub association and unexpected demographic upheaval. By identifying and quantifying this artificial selection, the study helps improve the management of hunted animal populations