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A review of factors to consider when using camera traps to study animal behavior to inform wildlife ecology and conservation

Caravaggi, Anthony and Burton, A. Cole and Clark, Douglas A. and Fisher, Jason T. and Grass, Amelia and Green, Sian and Hobaiter, Catherine and Hofmeester, Tim and Kalan, Ammie K. and Rabaiotti, Daniella and Rivet, Danielle (2020). A review of factors to consider when using camera traps to study animal behavior to inform wildlife ecology and conservation. Conservation science and practice. 2 , e239
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Abstract

Camera traps (CTs) are an increasingly popular method of studying animal behavior. However, the impact of cameras on detected individuals-such as from mechanical noise, odor, and emitted light-has received relatively little attention. These impacts are particularly important in behavioral studies in conservation that seek to ascribe changes in behavior to relevant environmental factors. In this article, we discuss three sources of bias that are relevant to conservation behavior studies using CTs: (a) disturbance caused by cameras; (b) variation in animal-detection parameters across camera models; and (c) biased detection across individuals and age, sex, and behavioral classes. We propose several recommendations aimed at mitigating responses to CTs by wildlife. Our recommendations offer a platform for the development of more rigorous and robust behavioral studies using CT technology and, if adopted, would result in greater applied benefits for conservation and management.

Authors/Creators:Caravaggi, Anthony and Burton, A. Cole and Clark, Douglas A. and Fisher, Jason T. and Grass, Amelia and Green, Sian and Hobaiter, Catherine and Hofmeester, Tim and Kalan, Ammie K. and Rabaiotti, Daniella and Rivet, Danielle
Title:A review of factors to consider when using camera traps to study animal behavior to inform wildlife ecology and conservation
Series Name/Journal:Conservation science and practice
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:2
Article number:e239
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:WILEY
ISSN:2578-4854
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:conservation behavior, management, observer bias, remote sensing, wildlife
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109708
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109708
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DOI10.1111/csp2.239
Web of Science (WoS)000543463200001
ID Code:21216
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:14 Jan 2021 10:44
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:19

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