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Islands of Ice and Innocence

Joel Berger

in The Better to Eat You With

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226043630
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226043647 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226043647.003.0012
Islands of Ice and Innocence

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Even today, Greenland is mostly inaccessible. With but a few coastal roads, the favored modes of transport are snowmobiles and dog sleds in all but the capital, Nuuk. The majority of Greenlanders are Inuits, many of whom make a living hunting seal and whale. Local economies are bolstered by tourists, among them adventurers of all kinds—hunters, climbers, and racers. Researchers also come. This chapter describes the author's study of caribou in an area known as Kangerlussuaq–Sisimiut. In contrast to other areas, the Kangerlussuaq site had two advantages. Caribou were protected from human hunting, and wolves had been absent from anywhere between four hundred to four thousand years.

Keywords: caribou; wolves; predators; Kangerlussuaq–Sisimiut; Greenland; Inuits

Chapter.  7875 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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