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Tuesday, November 3 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Evaluating the Effects of Commercial Scent Attractants on Mammal Behavior and Populations at Cowden Plantation, Jackson, SC

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Katlyn Gill, Bradford Minter, Valerie West, Eric Numfor, Bruce Saul –Georgia Regents University

The primary purpose of this study was to observe the effects of commercial scent attractants on the behaviors of the mammal populations at Cowden Plantation near Jackson, SC. In this study, white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), feral hogs (Sus scrofa), coyotes (Canis latrans), bobcats (Lynx rufus), and raccoons (Procyon lotor) were observed responding to the following attractants: Bobcat Anal Glands, Coyote Urine, Bobcat Urine, and Imitation Catnip. Cuddeback (IR and Black Flash) trail cameras were placed at ten different locations in open and forested habitats to monitor species occurrences and reactions via pictures and videos. Scents were rotated once a week at each location, and all sites included one control week. In summary, each camera went through a 5 week rotation with a different scent (or a control) deployed each week. Three trials were conducted per camera, making this a 15 week study. Population densities were measured based on the number of images captured with scents compared to images captured without scents. Animal behavior was monitored through video and categorized into four different scent reaction groups: Smelled, Repelled, Rubbed Against, and Tasted. The most mammal activity occurred around Bobcat Urine. Coyotes and bobcats reacted to the three animal scents in more open habitats, while other mammal species showed reactions in wooded or both habitats. The imitation Catnip had the most behavioral responses on feral hogs in both habitats.

Tuesday November 3, 2015 2:00pm - 2:20pm EST
Ballroom Salon A

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