Journal article

Camera traps provide insight into factors influencing trap success of the swamp wallaby, Wallabia bicolor

Ami Bennett, Graeme Coulson



Trapping programs for mammals often have low capture success, which is known to be influenced by a range of environmental factors, in addition to aspects of the traps themselves. However, the behavioural responses to traps by the target species are largely unknown. We simultaneously set camera traps and soft-walled double-layered traps for swamp wallabies, Wallabia bicolor, and used images from the camera traps to investigate responses by the target species. Wallabies mostly visited traps after sunset, with the number of visits declining steadily through the night. Visits to traps were more frequent during crescent and new moon phases and when the moon was set. In the majority (59%) of these..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by Melbourne Water and conducted under University of Melbourne Animal Ethics approval No. 1011809.3 and Department of Sustainability and Environment research permit No. 10005790. We thank John Bennett for the design and construction of the folding traps for this study, Julian Di Stefano and two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments on the draft of this manuscript, and Julian Di Stefano and Sarah Garnick, University of Melbourne, for sharing their experience with wallaby trapping.