seeing is believing episode 1: autumn 2002 episode .
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Icon GPS mapping:
Risking lives
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Icon The news source of
Indian Country
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Icon Tracking moose
with GPS
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Icon Red indígena wires
Latin America
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Icon Reznet fills
journalistic void
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Icon The battle over
maps and names
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Icon Native technology:
A two-way street
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Icon New tech: A matter
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Image Tracking moose
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Moose used to be a staple of the Cree diet in northern Quebec. The forests were thick with the large animals, which sustained Crees for generations.
Now loggers have clear-cut vast swaths of trees, and the moose have all but vanished in large parts of James Bay, endangering the Cree way of life.
In an effort to document the impacts of forestry on moose, the Crees of Waswanipi have started a project to put electronic collars on moose to track their movements. The collars will help them figure out how forestry affects the animals and how to minimize those impacts.
There have been no studies on this for the north before, says Rhonda Oblin, interim general manager of the Waswanipi Cree Model Forest, a Cree-run research institute that is sponsoring the project.
The idea is to put Global Positioning Satellite collars on 10 moose to trace exactly where the animals venture. After a year, the collars will be removed and the data recorded. The project will follow 30 moose over three years.
Cree trappers say moose are very sensitive to the noise and lights of forestry operations, but logging companies dispute the impacts.
Also under study will be whether the moose make use of clumps of trees that loggers are required to leave standing under the province's forestry regulations. Trappers have reported that these "moose yards" don't meet the animals' needs.
Says Paul Dixon, the Waswanipi representative of the Cree Trappers' Association, We want to prove that the moose are just walking away from these logged out areas.
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