U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3060
Wild sheep are sensitive to environmental change and may be an effective indicator species of climate change in arctic and high mountain ecosystems. To understand the effects of climatic changes on Dall sheep habitat, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have been studying selected areas in Alaska since 2007. The research focus is on forage quality, nutrient levels, and changes resulting from warming or cooling climate trends. Preliminary results indicate significant changes in Dall sheep diet accompanying vegetation changes and upslope retreat of glaciers.
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Pfeifer, E.L., Heimer, W., Roffler, G., Valdez, R., and Gahl, M., 2012, Climatic changes and effect on wild sheep habitat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3060, 2 p., available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3060/.