The arctic fox plays one of the defining roles in the ecosystem of the Commander Islands. Before the discovery of the archipelago in 1741, the beast was the only terrestrial inhabitant that interacted with the local avifauna and marine mammals. Later, when invasive species settled on the island, the influence of the arctic fox spread to the red vole, American mink, and even reindeer.
Why and how endemic populations of the Bering and Mednovsky arctic foxes are studied in the reserve? What is the difference between them and how to save them? You will find the answers here.
Counts as the main way to observe fox populations
Alexander Shienok, Ph.D., senior researcher of the…