Non-Invasive Techniques

400,000 Candle Power Search Light

With a reach of ≤800 m, the search light allowed us to study American badger hunting activities without disturbing the animals.  We also used the light to investigate the relative abundance of American badgers and red foxes in two study areas with similar road access and crops, but with different levels of poisoning.noninvasive

  1. Proulx, G., and N. MacKenzie.  2012. Use of a dorsal radio-transmitter implant to study the movements of American badgers, Taxidea taxus. Canadian Field-Naturalist 126 (3): 221-225.
  2. Proulx, G., and N. MacKenzie. 2012. Relative abundance of American badger (Taxidea taxus) and red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in two landscapes with high and low rodenticide poisoning levels. Integrative Zoology 7: 41-47.

 Remote Camerasnoninvasive2.docx

Remote-controlled, battery-operated, infrared cameras allow scientists to study animals in their natural habitats, and learn more about their distribution and behaviour.  We used cameras to confirm the presence, distribution and minimum abundance of fishers in central Alberta with remote cameras. During this study, we recorded the first photographic evidence of cougars in the aspen parklands of central Alberta.

  1. Proulx, G., and H. L. Dickson.  2014. Occurrence and distribution of fishers (Pekania  pennanti) in the central aspen parklands of Alberta.  Canadian Wildlife Biology & Management 3: 15-21.
  2. Proulx, G., and H. L. Dickson. 2013. Photographic record of cougar (Puma concolor) in Ukalta Dunes Natural Area, East-central Alberta, Canada.  Canadian Wildlife Biology & Management 2: 80-82.

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