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Qr ta ua ,,,~ aL j,5 We have reei ved an exce.Llent resprose to our tion Ias solted abot requIremen.s :for resear.h >n ainima population fltutaos w h drvt t hk aommet of cointlribjutors a nd avpraedthe, attacld ummiry which ae thoughte of tcet.re't'4sto yon A espy Sf tht original questionire has beeni cluded as well% for yxour convenience, tIe next stepz of course it to achiletve t.h establishmetnut of a welleorganin d nd inwerated research progrza hw interest currenty h by seeal .tiP fltuonS in C IaAa anLd the initiatiof a field and ,abora tory 9tudy f learn Ia th a an Arctc i proISe of ;A concterted nttack on:2 ttbhe vblm of fluic - tvatioas i nr animral populationso Thank yo~u for your aelpftl aswers in our qIestion- naire and for your support of a resear]h program to study animal population fluttion0 Yours i W0 binstonr *Ma-ir
~)IIPQg~~~ ~T~1() 'rn l. Aboat one third of the repliAes were in favouar ofthesa blishmenat of a central research tam; on quarter e favour of using existing agenei; a few belieed both were necessary; some suggsted a central research tem withi agencies anad institutions coprigoThe%.re werel a number of persons, howevert who aphasized that the really critical thi.g was first to get a eistanding researcher to lead the project and than build an o nization around bi,, 20 Species suggested for theP main study number 26, but tiose mentioned most frequertly included the snowshoe bare, lemnings, other microtinues ruffed grousez lyns and Arctic fox, Ugulites suich as moose, caribou and deer, Marine mammals such as seals and valrus, and fish were suggestied als o Sacondary study suggestions were sindilar to the above, difterent people placing different emphasis on the In- portance of the species selectedo 30 The maxinum length of study suggested raged from ten years to a pemanent investigation; the average period was about 30 years. The m1nisum perod Of Study sug- gested ranged betveen five years to 25 yearsz with ten years as an averago, The compromise period averaged 17 years, It was apparent that there vas a general belief that a proper study must Involve two or more"cyeles" in a continuous program, 19- If a central research team was not usedo the sugges'ted geographical areas to be Involved ir the study covered the width of the North Amritan continent from Newoud- lani to Alaska aid from northern United States to the high Arctico If anyhing, tundra areas of the Arctic wers favoured, bidt It was rightly pointed cat that the choice of area depended in part on the species to be studied and on the Logistics involved In supporting a study in an area,, Selection of areas for a central research effort and for satellite areas covered an area equally as large as tha"t above. Again it will depend upon species involved and the facilities avaiLable,