Understanding how many wild dogs are present in an area is an important piece of information necessary to guide population control measures. Many studies use passive infrared camera traps to monitor population numbers, assuming that the estimates obtained through these cameras are robust and representative of actual numbers. However it is clear that wild dogs avoid cameras – some stare into the lens, while others walk around the sensor field and therefore avoid triggering the camera. This project will address a simple question – can we alter camera trap position to increase the likelihood of ‘trapping’ camera-wary wild dogs?
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