The influence of winter aggregations of moose on browsing in the Acadian Forest
Keywords:moose, browse, hardwood regeneration
Moose population density in northwestern New Brunswick is the highest in the province, and moose browsing damage have been detected. In this study, we assessed the influence of the number of moose estimated during winter at the landscape scale on browsing of both commercial and non-commercial tree. Mean number of moose estimated during winter in a 3 km radius buffer is associated with both a greater occurrence and a higher intensity of moose browsing on the regeneration stratum. We recommend avoiding the aggregation of cutblocks to decrease attraction by moose during winter, and thus decreasing browsing pressure both locally and in the surrounding landscape.