Best bait for your buck: bait preference for camera trapping north Australian mammals

Diete, Rebecca L., Meek, Paul D., Dixon, Kelly M., Dickman, Christopher R. and Leung, Luke K.-P. (2015) Best bait for your buck: bait preference for camera trapping north Australian mammals. Australian Journal of Zoology, 63 6: 376-382. doi:10.1071/ZO15050

Author Diete, Rebecca L.
Meek, Paul D.
Dixon, Kelly M.
Dickman, Christopher R.
Leung, Luke K.-P.
Title Best bait for your buck: bait preference for camera trapping north Australian mammals
Journal name Australian Journal of Zoology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-5698
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/ZO15050
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 63
Issue 6
Start page 376
End page 382
Total pages 7
Place of publication Clayton VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Critical evaluations of bait attractiveness for camera trapping wildlife are scant even though use of the most attractive bait should improve detection of cryptic, threatened species. We aimed to determine the most attractive bait for camera trapping the northern hopping-mouse (Notomys aquilo) and sympatric mammals. We also tested the effectiveness of overhead camera trap orientation in identifying individual northern quolls (Dasyurus hallucatus) as this could be used to define a camera trap event for analysis purposes. Using white-flash camera traps, the attractiveness of four baits (peanut butter with oats, corn, sesame oil and sunflower kernels) and a control were compared for N. aquilo, D. hallucatus, the northern brown bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus) and the agile wallaby (Notamacropus agilis). Spot patterns of D. hallucatus were compared to determine the visitation rate of individuals. Peanut butter– and sesame oil–based baits were significantly more attractive to D. hallucatus, while I. macrourus strongly preferred the peanut butter bait. Bait type did not affect the mean number of events for N. aquilo or N. agilis. The consistently identifiable images of individual D. hallucatus were used to determine the optimal event delineator of 15 min. The improved techniques for camera trapping D. hallucatus should be valuable for future capture–recapture studies of this species. Camera trapping is a viable replacement for the ineffective method of indexing the abundance of N. aquilo using indirect signs.
Keyword Attractant
Hopping mouse
Remote camera
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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