About 40% of all mammal species are rodents. Small rodent trapping is a common practice in wildlife, forest and disease ecology research. Many wild rodent studies use capture-mark-recapture strategies, and animal survival and well-being are vital to obtain accurate field data as well as to ensure safety for the capture population. Handling and sampling of wild rodents has greatly improved over the years, but there remains room for improvements to trapping methods. Researchers will compare two small rodent live-traps, evaluating trap success and health impacts on captured rodents, sentinels of the health of their habitats. Improving capture methods will improve the robust data needed for ecological studies.
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Susan M. Paskewitz, PhD