Moose are an integral component of the boreal ecosystem in Arctic parklands. They have the potential to alter the structure and function of vegetation communities through browsing. Abundance of this species in the boreal forest is tightly linked to disturbance regimes, especially fire. Moose are considered good indicators of long-term habitat change within park ecosystems because they require large quantities of resources from their habitat year-round, and populations have the potential to respond dramatically to long-term changes in resource conditions. In addition, moose are crucial to many subsistence communities as a primary source of food throughout most Alaska parklands. We monitor moose in all Arctic parklands to better understand long-term trends in moose abundance and distribution.
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