Mårdhundsprojektets kameror – gör lockmedel någon skillnad?: En metodstudie för snabb upptäckt av predatorer
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The raccoon dog was released in Russia and emigrated rapidly to Finland and is now present in the border areas around Haparanda. Mårdhundsprojektet got the responsibility in Sweden to prevent further spread in Sweden and eradication of the species. Mårdhundsprojektet uses a early warning system (EWS) which is built for the sole purpose of getting pictures of unmarked raccoon dogs. They use a certain lure to attract raccoon dogs to the camera sites. The data from the camera gets collected and analyzed to see if there are any new individuals present. The purpose of this study is to analyze if the EWS using lure catches more pictures of raccoon dogs and animals in general rather than a EWS without any lure. 35 cameras were placed in Tornedalen, Sweden at a range between 50 and 200 meters from a already existing camera site with lure during a 4 week period from the middle of March until the middle of April. The results shows there are a significant more animals being caught at camera sites with lure, more predators being caught at cameras with lure and that there's significant more herbivores than predators being caught at camera sites without lure. It could not be proven that raccoon dogs preferred any of the sites due to lack of data. There was only one observation of raccoon dog during the period which most likely is due to low abundance of the species at this very moment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 12 p.
Mårdhund, kameror, lockmedel, inventeringsmetod
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-81543OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-81543DiVA: diva2:656081
Bachelor of Science in Biology and Earthscience