Karrak Lake Arctic Fox Project


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The following publications stem from work on arctic foxes at Karrak Lake.

  • Elmore S.A., Lalonde L., Samelius G., Alisauskas R.T., Gajadhar A.A. and Jenkins E.J. 2013. Endoparasites in the feces of arctic foxes in a terrestrial ecosystem in Canada. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 2: 90-96.
  • Norén K., Hersteinsson P., Samelius G., Eide N.E., Fuglei E., Elmhagen B., Dalén L., Meijer T. and Angerbjörn A. 2012. From monogamy to complexity: arctic fox social organization in contrasting ecosystems. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90: 1102-1116.
  • Samelius G., Alisauskas R.T. and Larivière S. 2011. Seasonal pulses of migratory prey and annual variation in small mammal abundance affect abundance and reproduction by arctic foxes. Polar Biology 34: 1475-1484.
  • Norén K., Carmichael L., Dalén L., Hersteinsson P., Samelius G., Fuglei E., Kapel C.M.O., Menyushina I., Strobeck C. and Angerbjörn A. 2011. Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) population structure: circumpolar patterns and processes. Oikos 120: 873-885.
  • Wiebe N., Samelius G., Alisauskas R.T. , Bantle J.L., Bergman C., de Carle R., Hendrickson C.J., Lusignan A, Phipps K.J. and Pitt J. 2009. Foraging behaviours and diets of wolves in the Queen Maud Gulf Bird Sanctuary, Nunavut, Canada. Arctic 62: 399-404.
  • Samelius G. Alisauskas R.T., Hobson K.A. and Larivière S. 2007. Prolonging the arctic pulse: long-term exploitation of cached eggs by arctic foxes when lemmings are scarce. Journal of Animal Ecology 76: 873-880.
  • Samelius G., Alisauskas R.T. and Larivière S. 2007. Survival rate of experimental food caches: implications for arctic foxes. Canadian Journal of Zoology 85: 397-403.
  • Samelius G. 2006. Foraging behaviours and population dynamics of arctic foxes. PhD thesis, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. Click here to download a copy (PDF copy at bottom of link).
  • Hendrickson C.J., Samelius G., Alisauskas R.T. and Larivière S. 2005. Simultaneous den use by arctic foxes and wolves at a den site in Nunavut, Canada. Arctic 58: 418-420.
  • Dalén L., Fuglei E., Hersteinsson P., Kapel C.M.O., Roth J.D., Samelius G., Tannerfeldt M. and Angerbjörn A. 2005. Population history and genetic structure of a circumpolar species: the arctic fox. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 84: 79-89.
  • Samelius G., Larivière S. and Alisauskas R.T. 2003. Immobilization of arctic foxes with tiletamine hydrochloride and zolazepam hydrochloride (Zoletil®). Wildlife Society Bulletin: 31: 192-196.
  • Samelius G., Alisauskas R.T., Larivière S., Bergman C., Hendrickson C.J., Phipps K., and Wood C. 2002. Foraging behaviours of wolverines at a large arctic goose colony. Arctic 55: 148-150.
  • Bantle J.L. and Alisauskas R.T. 1998. Spatial and temporal patterns in arctic fox diets at a large goose colony. Arctic 51: 231-236.
  • Bantle J.L. 1998. Arctic fox predation on Ross's and lesser snow geese. MSc thesis, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.


Other related publications.

  • Elmhagen B., Hersteinsson P., Norén K., Unnsteinsdottir E.R. and Angerbjörn A. 2014. From breeding pairs to fox towns: the social organization of arctic fox populations with stable and fluctuating availability of food. Polar Biology 37: 111-122.
  • Eide N.E., Stien A., Prestrud P., Yoccoz N and Fuglei E. 2012. Reproductive responses to spatial and temporal prey availability in a coastal arctic fox population. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 640-648.
  • Giroux A.M., Berteaux D. Lecomte N., Gauthier G., Szor G. and Bêty J. 2012. Benefiting from a migratory prey: spatio-temporal patterns in allochthonous subsidization of an arctic predator. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 533-542.
  • Tarroux, Bêty J., Gauthier G. and Berteaux D. 2010. The marine side of a terrestrial carnivore: intra-population variation in use of allochthonous resources by arctic foxes. PLOS ONE 7: e42427.
  • Tarroux, Berteaux D. and Bêty J. 2010. Northern nomads: ability for extensive movements in adult arctic foxes. Polar Biology 33: 1021-1026.
  • Lecomte N., Gauthier G. and Giroux J.F. 2009. A link between water availability and nesting success mediated by predator-prey interactions in the Arctic. Ecology 90: 465-475.
  • Pamperin N.J., Follmann E.H. and Person B.T. 2008. Sea-ice use by arctic foxes in northern Alaska. Polar Biology 31: 1421-1426.
  • Careau V., Lecomte N., Bêty J., Giroux J.F., Gauthier G. and Berteaux D. 2008. Hoarding of pulsed resouces: temporal variations in egg-caching by arctic foxes. Ecoscience 15: 268-276.
  • Lecomte N., Careau V., Gauthier G. and Giroux J.F. 2008. Predator behaviour and predation risk in the heterogeneous Arctic environment. Journal of Animal Ecology 77: 439-447.
  • Careau V., Giroux J.F. and Berteaux D. 2007. Cache and carry: hoarding behavior of arctic fox. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62: 87-96.
  • Samelius G. and Alisauskas R.T. 2006. Sex-biased costs in nest defence by lesser snow geese (Chen caerulescens): consequences of parental roles? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 59: 805-810.
  • Eide N.E., Jepsen J.U. and Prestrud P. 2004. Spatial organization of reproductive arctic foxes Alopex lagopus: responses to changes in spatial and temporal availability of prey. Journal of Animal Ecology 73: 1056-1068.
  • Roth J.D. 2003. Variability in marine resources affects arctic fox population dynamics. Journal of Animal Ecology 72: 668-676.
  • Roth J.D. 2002. Temporal variability in arctic fox diets as reflected in stable-carbon isotopes; the importance of sea ice. Oecologia 133: 70-77.
  • Samelius G. and Alisauskas R.T. 2001. Deterring arctic fox predation: the role of parental nest attendance by lesser snow geese. Canadian Journal of Zoology 79: 861-866.
  • Bêty J., Gauthier G., Giroux J.F. and Korpimäki E. 2001. Are goose nesting success and lemming cycles linked? Interplay between nest density and predators. Oikos, 93: 388-400.
  • Samelius G. and Alisauskas R.T. 2000. Foraging patterns of arctic foxes at a large arctic goose colony. Arctic 53: 279-288.
  • Elmhagen B., Tannerfeldt M., Verucci P. and Angerbjörn A. 2000. The arctic fox (Alopex lagopus): an opportunistic specialist. Journal of Zoology 251: 139-149.
  • Angerbjörn A., Tannerfeldt M. and Erlinge S. 1999. Predator-prey relationships: arctic foxes and lemmings. Journal of Animal Ecology 68: 34-49.
  • Samelius G. and Lee M. 1998. Arctic Fox, Alopex lagopus, predation on Lesser Snow Geese, Chen caerulescens, and their eggs. Canadian Field-Naturalist 112: 700-701.
  • Tannerfeldt M. and Angerbjörn A. 1998. Fluctuating resources and the evolution of litter size in the arctic fox. Oikos 83: 545-559.
  • Tannerfeldt M. and Angerbjörn A. 1996. Life history strategies in fluctuating environment: establishment and reproductive success in the arctic fox. Ecography 19: 209-220.
  • Raveling D.G. 1989. Nest-predation rates in relation to colony size of black brant. Journal of Wildlife Management 53: 87-90.


This page was developed by Gustaf Samelius who also took the pictures

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