Up close and personal with a researcher, Part I: Conserving Quebec’s caribou

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Losier enthused, "One of the really cool things about caribou is that they are the only cervid (animal with antlers) species where the females have antlers." Here, she stands next to a female caribou skull, harvested last year by her partner.

Caribou are a totem animal, symbolizing vitality, freedom, and heritage for hunters, nature lovers, governments, scientists and people around the world. Quebec is home to nearly a million of the subspecies Rangifer tarandus caribou which range across more than one million square kilometres (400,000 square miles) of northern Quebec.