The relative efficiency of two commercial live-traps for small mammals

X Lambin, J MacKinnon

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Abstract

Data obtained from live-trapping a population of field voles, Microtus agrestis, over a seven-month period was used to compare the trapping efficiencies of the Longworth and the Ugglan Mouse Special traps. The Ugglan mouse Special is a cheaper alternative that is widely used in Scandinavia. Biases in the sex or age of captured animals were the same for both types of trap and the total numbers of captures were similar. There was no evidence that individual animals a ere more likely to be captured in the same type of trap at each capture session. We conclude that the Ugglan Mouse Special trap is a practical alternative to the Longworth trap for studies of small mammals by capture-mark-recapture techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-404
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Zoology
Volume242
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1997

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