Forest, Iowa, mammals, non-invasive trapping, prairie, remote-cameras, scent stations
Two common noninvasive (i.e., no stress to the animal) methods used to survey mammals include track stations (i.e., track captures of mammals) and remote camera-traps (i.e., photo-captures of mammals). Our objectives were to compare capture effectiveness of both track stations and remote cameras in both forested and prairie habitats. This project was conducted on 4 study sires (2 forested sires and 2 prairie sites) located in Fayette County, Iowa. Each study site had 6 trapping stations 2:: 100 m apart. We monitored traps for a total of 216 trap nights and we recorded a total of 368 captures composed of 19 different mammal species. We found that in forest habitat remote camera-traps captured significantly more mammals compared to track stations (n = 53) (P<0.01; df = 1) while in prairie habitat we found no significant difference in the number of mammals captured between trap sires (P=0.27; df = 1). We recommend the use of digital remote cameras with no glow infrared technology in combination with the monitoring of mammal tracks to maximize mammal capture effectiveness.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
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McKinney, Marc N. and Haines, Aaron M.
"Mammal Capture Success of Scent Stations and Remote Cameras in Prairie and Forest Habitat,"
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS, 117(1-4), 4-8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol117/iss1/4