A successful mouse eradication explained by site-specific population data

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dc.contributor.author MacKay, Jamie en
dc.contributor.author Murphy, EC en
dc.contributor.author Anderson, Sandra en
dc.contributor.author Russell, James en
dc.contributor.author Hauber, ME en
dc.contributor.author Wilson, DJ en
dc.contributor.author Clout, Michael en
dc.contributor.editor Veitch, CR en
dc.contributor.editor Clout, MN en
dc.contributor.editor Towns, DR en
dc.coverage.spatial Auckland, New Zealand en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-15T21:37:04Z en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-03T00:16:32Z en
dc.date.issued 2011 en
dc.identifier.citation In Island Invasives: eradication and management. Editors: Veitch CR, Clout MN, Towns DR. 2011 en
dc.identifier.isbn 9782831712918 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/50204 en
dc.description.abstract Invasive rodents have been responsible for the extinction of many species on islands. House mouse (Mus musculus) eradication attempts have been less successful than introduced rat (Rattus spp.) eradication attempts and research is needed to identify the reasons for this disparity. We studied, and successfully eradicated, a mouse population on a small (6 ha) island in northern New Zealand in an attempt to characterise possible behavioural factors influencing eradication outcome. We monitored pre-eradication mouse movements with radio-tracking and trapping to provide guidance on gridspacing for bait stations, which are a common tool used in rodent eradication and reinvasion monitoring protocols. Mouse densities on the island were estimated during three capture-mark-recapture (CMR) sessions in January, March and May 2008. Mice were then trapped almost to extinction in August 2008 and poison baits were used to eradicate the survivors. Removal trapping data combined with WaxTag interference rates provided a final density estimate of mice in winter (August in New Zealand), the period when most eradications are attempted. Densities on the island ranged from 8.8-19.2 mice/ha, with home ranges varying from 0.15-0.48 ha. Eradication success was monitored intensively using tracking tunnels and WaxTags and was confirmed in December 2008 using a trained rodent monitoring dog. Information gathered during this study can be used to make recommendations to improve the success of future mouse eradication attempts. One of the key recommendations is to identify areas of complex habitat (such as dense ground cover) where mice may not come into contact with poison and adjust eradication methods to specifically target such areas. en
dc.description.uri http://www.cbb.org.nz/conferences.asp en
dc.publisher IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) en
dc.relation.ispartof Island Invasives: eradication and management en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Island Invasives: eradication and management: Proceedings of the en
dc.relation.replaces http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11347 en
dc.relation.replaces 2292/11347 en
dc.relation.replaces 2292/11261 en
dc.relation.replaces http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11261 en
dc.relation.replaces 2292/11261 en
dc.relation.replaces http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11261 en
dc.relation.replaces 2292/11261 en
dc.relation.replaces http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11261 en
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dc.rights.uri http://www.issg.org/pdf/publications/Island_invasives/IslandInvasives.pdf en
dc.title A successful mouse eradication explained by site-specific population data en
dc.type Conference Item en
pubs.begin-page 198 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources en
pubs.author-url http://www.issg.org/pdf/publications/Island_invasives/IslandInvasives.pdf en
pubs.end-page 203 en
pubs.finish-date 2010-02-12 en
pubs.merge-from 2292/11261 en
pubs.merge-from http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11261 en
pubs.place-of-publication Gland, Switzerland en
pubs.publication-status Published en
pubs.start-date 2010-02-08 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Proceedings en
pubs.elements-id 295413 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Biological Sciences en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-12-15 en


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