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Effect of bait in live trapping Peromyscus

January 1, 1948

SUMMARY: Evidence from live trapping tests indicated that Peromyscus leucopus did not leave their home ranges because of the attraction of trap bait in nearby areas. A trap line down the center of a heavily live-trapped area caught as many mice before the area trapping as afterward. Thus, there was reason to believe that the area trapping did not serve to pre-bait the mice. Two unbaited lines of live traps caught an equal number of Peromyscus. When one line was baited with rolled oats and peanut butter the efficiency of the traps was improved to the extent that the baited line captured more than twice as many mice as the unbaited line. It is concluded that for the species and habitat tested it is safe to make population calculations based on the assumption that the animals remain within their home ranges and do not tend to move into the trapped area because of the attraction of the trap bait.

Publication Year 1948
Title Effect of bait in live trapping Peromyscus
Authors L. F. Stickel
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Wildlife Management
Index ID 5220100
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center