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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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Radio-telemetry equipment and applications for carnivores

Radio-telemetry equipment and applications for carnivores

(p.152) 7 Radio-telemetry equipment and applications for carnivores
Carnivore Ecology and Conservation

Mark R. Fuller

Todd K. Fuller

Oxford University Press

Radio-telemetry has become a common method for studying carnivore behaviour and activity, physical condition, and the environment. The technique is used to gather information that is neither practical nor possible to obtain with other methods from rapid-moving, wide-ranging, and secretive species. This chapter provides basic information about study design considerations, equipment, and methods. It presents recent studies for which telemetry was used with carnivores, and discusses the importance of literature reviews, correspondence with manufacturers and users, potential deleterious effects on marked individuals, and system applications based on data needs and species' limitations. Also, carnivore studies of animal movements, interactions with prey and other species, resource use and selection, behavioural and physiological parameters, and population biology, including identification of litters, unbiased estimates of survival and mortality, and density estimates are identified. Because of the myriad of applications for radio-telemetry, the research and conservation of carnivores will benefit from continued use well into the future.

Keywords:   radio-telemetry, telemetry equipment, telemetry techniques, telemetry study planning, radio-tracking

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