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Robert Weladji studies calves orphaned by hunters
For Concordia University biology professor Robert Weladji, reindeer are more than a Christmas mascot; they’ve been his research focus for the past decade. Nadia Kherif of Concordia explains:
His recent co-authored paper, published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research, examines how young orphaned reindeer fare in the wild and shows that hunting new reindeer mothers may have negative consequences for the herd.
As human appetite for reindeer meat and pelts grows, young calves are increasingly being separated from their mothers. Explains Weladji, “a common by-product of hunting is orphaning of calves in autumn. Despite this, there are few studies that evaluate the fate of orphaned calves.”