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A passive integrated transponder system for tracking animal movements

Wildlife Society Bulletin

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Abstract

We describe an automated system that uses passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags to track movements of animals past specific locations. The system was designed to operate maintenance free for several months, be secure from vandalism and environmental damage, and record the identity, date, and time of passage of animals past a 2.4-m wide area. We used the system to monitor effectively the movements of 172 desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) through 2 storm drain culverts that pass beneath a state highway in the Mojave Desert, California. Four tortoises entered or passed through the culverts on 60 occasions. The system can be easily adapted to other species.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A passive integrated transponder system for tracking animal movements
Series title:
Wildlife Society Bulletin
Volume
26
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1999
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
886
Last page:
891
Number of Pages:
6