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Raccoon removal reduces sea turtle nest depredation in the Ten Thousand Islands of Florida

Southeastern Naturalist

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DOI: 10.1656/1528-7092(2005)004[0469:RRRSTN]2.0.CO;2

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Abstract

Predation by raccoons, Procyon lotor marinus (L.), is the primary cause of sea turtle nest loss in the Ten Thousand Islands archipelago. Four islands within Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge were surveyed for sea turtle nesting activity from 1991-95. Raccoons depredated 76-100% of nests on Panther Key from 1991-94, until 14 raccoons were removed in 1995 resulting in 0% depredation and 2 more were removed in 1996 resulting in 0% depredation. Raccoon removal may be an effective management option for increasing sea turtle nest survival on barrier islands.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Raccoon removal reduces sea turtle nest depredation in the Ten Thousand Islands of Florida
Series title:
Southeastern Naturalist
DOI:
10.1656/1528-7092(2005)004[0469:RRRSTN]2.0.CO;2
Volume
4
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Southeastern Naturalist
First page:
469
Last page:
472
Number of Pages:
4