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Dispersal movement of a COAT-instrumented Arctic fox went viral

Publisert 02.08.2019

Climate change is expected to impact area use and dispersal movements in Arctic animals, and this is best documented by means of satellite-transmitters. Such instruments equipped on species like reindeer and Arctic fox constitute therefore a component of COAT infrastructure, which are financed by the Research Council of Norway and Tromsø Research Foundation. The retreat of sea ice around Svalbard is, for instance, expected to affect the population of the Arctic fox. This is because the foxes use the sea ice both for foraging and for dispersal from and to Svalbard.

An Arctic fox of the blue colour morph on the move. Photo: Jon Leithe
An Arctic fox of the blue colour morph on the move. Photo: Jon Leithe

Until now 54 foxes have been followed year round by means of satellite telemetry. In winter 2018, one of these foxes embarked on a spectacularly long and fast dispersal movement that took it to Ellesmere Island in Canada. An article in Polar Research, in which Eva Fuglei and Arnaud Tarroux described this dispersal movement, sparked media headlines that went viral. As a result, the article in Polar Research has so far been downloaded 5891 times, and various media from all continents have interviewed Eva and Arnaud. (likns to some of the articles below the image)

The Arctic fox that dispersed from Svalbard/Europe to Ellesmere Island/North America. The fox is here released by Tommy Sandal Tommy is in charge of the capturing and instrumentation of the COAT-foxes in Svalbard. Photo: Elise Strømseng

Here are a little selection of the international media coverage this article lead to:

 

More COAT media coverage on this and other topics (mostly in norwegian) you find in "COAT i media".

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