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Wildlife Capture Methods


Waudby, HP and Turner, JP and Coulson, G and Taggart, DA and Bengsen, AJ and Meek, PD and Bower, DS and Thompson, S and Lumsden, LF and Hampton, JO and Death, C and Thompson, G and Finlayson, G and Hamilton, DG and Petit, S and Dunlop, J and Bentley, J and Vanderduys, E and Ballard, GA and Morrant, DS, Wildlife Capture Methods, Wildlife Research in Australia, CSIRO Publishing, B Smith, HP Waudby and CA Alberthsen (ed), Australia, pp. 108-149. ISBN 9781486313457 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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Capturing animals enables the collection of data that cannot necessarily be collected with other methods. For example, information on morphology, abundance, population status, demographics, health and reproduction can be collected from trapped animals. Additionally, trapping is often required for collection of biological samples, including scats, tissue samples and voucher specimens. This chapter details general operating procedures (GOPs) for capturing terrestrial mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and birds and bats with mist nets. Capture methods for aquatic animals are covered elsewhere in this book (see Chapters 1214), as are additional methods for the capture of birds (Chapter 15). Capture methods are diverse; this chapter is not intended to provide an exhaustive review of techniques, but focuses on those that are often the subject of research applications to animal ethics committees. The impacts of these methods on study and non-target animals can be mitigated through careful planning, proper resourcing, and ensuring that personnel have appropriate training and experience.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:wildlife research, best practice, Australian wildlife, applied methods, animal welfare
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Vertebrate biology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Hamilton, DG (Mr David Hamilton)
ID Code:150367
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Natural Sciences
Deposited On:2022-06-09
Last Modified:2022-11-07

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