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Carnivore Ecology and ConservationA Handbook of Techniques$
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Luigi Boitani and Roger A. Powell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558520.001.0001

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Designing carnivore surveys

Designing carnivore surveys

(p.8) 2 Designing carnivore surveys
Carnivore Ecology and Conservation

Luigi Boitani

Paolo Ciucci

Alessio Mortelliti

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the challenges associated with planning and implementing a field survey on carnivores. Following the definition of the term ‘survey’, the main issues associated with the several phases of a carnivore survey, such as the planning phase, the establishment of goals and objectives, and the optimal allocation of sampling effort, are discussed. Throughout the chapter, the focus is on the most relevant aspects of studying carnivores in the field, such as dealing with false absences through occupancy modelling, defining the target population and spatial extent of the survey, and implementing a probabilistic sampling scheme under the constraints of field methods commonly used to study carnivores.

Keywords:   carnivores, detectability, inferential survey, occupancy modelling, sampling design, survey design

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