A comparison of the effectiveness of camera trapping and live trapping for sampling terrestrial small-mammal communities

De Bondi, Natasha, White, John. G, Stevens, Mike and Cooke, Raylene 2010, A comparison of the effectiveness of camera trapping and live trapping for sampling terrestrial small-mammal communities, Wildlife research, vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 456-465.

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Title A comparison of the effectiveness of camera trapping and live trapping for sampling terrestrial small-mammal communities
Author(s) De Bondi, Natasha
White, John. G
Stevens, Mike
Cooke, Raylene
Journal name Wildlife research
Volume number 37
Issue number 6
Start page 456
End page 465
Total pages 10
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic.
Publication date 2010-10
ISSN 1035-3712
1448-5494
Keyword(s) camera trapping
cost effectiveness
small mammal
survey methods
trapping
Summary Context. There is an increasing reliance on the use of camera-trap technologies for surveys of medium to large terrestrial mammals. Camera trapping may, however, also have significant applications for broad-scale surveys of small mammals.
Aims. The present study aims to compare results from camera-trapping surveys to those of the more traditional live trapping techniques. Specifically, it aims to test the effectiveness of the techniques for detecting species, and the cost effectiveness of both approaches.
Methods. Surveys were conducted across 36 sites in the Grampians National Park, Victoria, Australia, between April and July 2009. At each site, independent surveys were conducted for small mammals by using a combination of Elliot and cage trapping, then camera trapping. Results for the two different approaches were compared for both their ability to generate small-mammal presence data and their cost effectiveness.
Key results. Camera-trapping surveys of 36 sites in the Grampians National Park compared favourably with those of live trapping surveys. Similar species were detected across the sites, and camera trapping was a considerably more cost effective than live trapping.
Conclusions. Camera-trapping surveys of small terrestrial mammals may provide a new and cost-effective technique for surveying terrestrial small mammals. This is particularly the case when presence data are the main requirement of the survey, with no requirement to capture and tag animals.
Implications. Given the cost-effective nature of camera trapping, there is potential to use this approach to increase the level of replication and spatial coverage of small-mammal surveys. Improving the replication and spatial coverage of studies has the potential to significantly increase the scope of research questions that can be asked, thus providing the potential to improve wildlife management.
Language eng
Field of Research 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio Economic Objective 960505 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
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