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The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
Tuesday, October 23 • 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Wildlife 3 Track: Meso-mammal Trapping on Properties Intensively Managed for Northern Bobwhites: The State of the Practice

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AUTHORS: David Sisson, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia and Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy; Clay Sisson, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy; Bynum Boley, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia; James Martin, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia; Theron Terhune, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.

ABSTRACT: Nest predator management is commonly practiced on properties intensively managed for northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) across the Southeast. Specifically, mammalian predators [e.g., Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginianus), raccoons (Procyon lotor), bobcats (Lynx rufus)] are partially removed under special permit using legal lethal techniques. Recent research supports the efficacy of the practice to increase bobwhite fecundity and subsequently abundance; however, other objectives may preclude the use of trapping such as minimizing costs. We surveyed private properties intensively managed for bobwhites in the Southeast to better understand the range of management practices associated with meso-mammal management, estimate annual per acre cost, and learn the motivating factors for trapping. We received surveys from the manager or owner of 43 properties which represent over 104,453 hectares of managed land ranging from 445 to 11,740 hectares (x ¯ = 2,429 hectares). One hundred percent of properties reported having a trapping program; typically consisting of either live trapping conducted in-house (40%), or a combination of in-house and contractors (51%). Half the respondents trap year-round while the remaining half only trap during the bobwhite breeding season. Trap density averaged 54 traps/thousand hectares and required 20-24 hrs/week to conduct. On average, 1 animal is caught per 7 hectares. Initial costs were $9.60/ha and annual costs were $7.24/ha. Most managers indicated trapping was either a “Very Effective” or “Extremely Effective” (67%) tool for maximizing bobwhite abundance. Our results reveal the cost effectiveness of these programs and will inform decisions regarding implementation of new trapping programs and refinement of existing programs.

Tuesday October 23, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Bon Secour Bay II

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