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Type: Journal article
Title: A citizen-trapper effort to control Common Myna: trap success, specificity and preferred bait type
Author: Linley, G.
Paton, D.
Weston, M.
Citation: Ecological Management and Restoration, 2017; 18(3):249-252
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1442-7001
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Grant D. Linley, David C. Paton, Michael A. Weston
Abstract: We describe a community-run effort to cull Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) in Melbourne undertaken with modest funding (overall: $30.14 per trap day, $5.17 per euthanized Common Myna). Trap success (overall, 0.04 birds per trap per day) peaked early in the effort and slowly declined. Trap specificity was high (83.8%) and similar between bait types. Dry cat food captured more Common Myna, and a similar assemblage of animals, to dry dog food. Bread baits captured a broader assemblage of animals. The community-led trapping programme reduced the mean density of Common Myna and achieved high target specificity with relatively few unintended trap deaths. While long-term impacts on the population of Common Myna or native birds are yet to be analysed, the results suggest that ongoing effort is required for population suppression.
Keywords: Common Myna; community involvement; cull; suppression; trapping
Rights: © 2017 Ecological Society of Australia and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
RMID: 0030078530
DOI: 10.1111/emr.12269
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