Efficacy of a Multiple-Capture Live Trap for Small Mammals

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Title: Efficacy of a Multiple-Capture Live Trap for Small Mammals
Creators: Belant, Jerrold L.; Windels, Steve K.
Issue Date: 2007-04
Citation: The Ohio Journal of Science, v107, n2 (April, 2007), 16-18.
Abstract: We compared the efficacy of Victor® Tin Cat® and Sherman live traps for capturing small mammals in northern hardwood and red pine (Pinus resinosa) stands in the north-central Upper Peninsula of Michigan during 2001. Overall mean capture rates (total captures/100 adjusted trap nights) by habitat were greater (P <0.030) for Sherman traps than for Tin Cat traps. Capture rates remained lower for Tin Cat traps in northern hardwood (P = 0.004) but not red pine (P = 0.936) habitat after adjusting for species (sciurids) unable to enter them. Greater species diversity values were obtained using Sherman traps in both habitats. We conclude that in sampling arrays tested, Victor Tin Cat traps were less effective than Sherman traps for estimating small mammal abundance and diversity.
Description: Author Institution: National Park Service, Pictured Rocks Science Center
Author Institution: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences, Michigan Technological University
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/44812
ISSN: 0030-0950
Rights: Reproduction of articles for non-commercial educational or research use granted without request if credit to The Ohio State University and The Ohio Academy of Science is given.
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