Designing a camera trap monitoring program to measure efficacy of invasive predator management
Rosanna van Hespen, Cindy E Hauser, Joe Benshemesh, Libby Rumpff, Jose J Lahoz Monfort
WILDLIFE RESEARCH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2019
Context: Evaluating predator management efficacy is difficult, especially when resources are limited. Carefully designing monitoring programs in advance is critical for data collection that is sufficient to evaluate management success and to inform decisions. Aims: The aim was to investigate how the design of camera trap studies can affect the ability to reliably detect changes in red fox (Vulpes vulpes) activity over space and time. Specifically, to examine the effect of study duration, camera cost and detection zone under various environmental and management scenarios, including different fox densities, management impacts, monitoring budgets and levels of spatial and temporal variation. Me..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian Research Council
We thank the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Endangered Species Hub and the Quantitative and Applied Ecology research group at the University of Melbourne for financial support. This paper stems from the Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP120100490) in partnership with Parks Victoria, Iluka Resources Ltd and the Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group. Thanks to Pia Lentini and David Duncan for useful comments. Thanks to the National Malleefowl Recovery Team, especially Tim Burnard, for supporting this research.