Feasibility of using scent-baited hair traps to monitor carnivore populations in Peninsular Malaysia

Hedges, Laurie, Morrant, Damian S., Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa, and Clements, Gopalasamy Reuben (2015) Feasibility of using scent-baited hair traps to monitor carnivore populations in Peninsular Malaysia. Tropical Conservation Science, 8 (4). pp. 975-982.

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Non-invasive genetic sampling is increasingly being used for monitoring mammalian carnivore populations. However, environmental conditions in the tropics challenge researchers' ability to collect samples. We present the results of a preliminary study on the feasibility of using scent-baited hair traps for population monitoring of mammalian carnivores in Peninsular Malaysia. Stations were baited using either fatty acid scent or male cologne applied to hair traps. Video camera traps were also used to monitor carnivore reactions to the scent stations. We recorded 19 visits by seven carnivore species over 764 camera trap nights. Cheek-rubbing and scent-marking behaviour was recorded only for single individuals of two species: the Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) and clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa). This study suggests that scent-baited hair traps hold some promise for ecological issues requiring DNA analysis in Peninsular Malaysia. Additional research is needed to develop its full potential for conservation monitoring of large carnivores.

Item ID: 42668
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1940-0829
Keywords: conservation; wildlife corridor; camera-trapping; attractant; lure; hair trap
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Copyright:© Laurie Hedges, Damian S. Morrant, Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz and Gopalasamy Reuben Clements. This is an open access paper. We use the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/. The license permits any user to download, print out, extract, archive, and distribute the article, so long as appropriate credit is given to the authors and source of the work. The license ensures that the published article will be as widely available as possible and that your article can be included in any scientific archive. Open Access authors retain the copyrights of their papers.

Funders: James Cook University, Universiti Malaya, University of Nottingham, Mohamid bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Kay Arnold, Ian Mellsop, Ah Meng Memorial Conservation Fund
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 07:41
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