Moose sightings (n = 11) from Wildlife Incidence Reports (WIR; unpublished data, NSDNR 1985-2004) in the Cape Breton study area were plotted against the road density values and assessed visually for spatial correlation.
Four geochemical datasets from the NSDNR were screened for concentration levels of molybdenum, cadmium, copper, and lead.
Habitat associations were created by linking provincial PGI data (unpublished data, NSDNR 1983-2003) that indicated moose presence/absence with Forest Resource Inventory data that identified vegetative features (NSDNR 1999), following methods developed by MacKinnon (2001) and Brannen (2004).
In 1998 the Park and NSDNR abandoned the transect method in favour of stratified random sampling modified from Gasaway et al.
In 1999, at the invitation of the newly formed Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR), talks began among UINR, NSDNR, and Parks Canada to address management of the Cape Breton moose herd.
It was guided by a technical steering committee of biologists from Parks Canada and NSDNR and was implemented by a field coordinator who drew on staff from the 3 agencies.