Estimating tiger abundance from camera trap data: Field surveys and analytical issues

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Edited by: Allan F. O'ConnellJames D. Nichols, and K. Ullas Karanth

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Abstract

Automated photography of tigers Panthera tigris for purely illustrative purposes was pioneered by British forester Fred Champion (1927, 1933) in India in the early part of the Twentieth Century. However, it was McDougal (1977) in Nepal who first used camera traps, equipped with single-lens reflex cameras activated by pressure pads, to identify individual tigers and study their social and predatory behaviors. These attempts involved a small number of expensive, cumbersome camera traps, and were not, in any formal sense, directed at “sampling” tiger populations.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Estimating tiger abundance from camera trap data: Field surveys and analytical issues
DOI 10.1007/978-4-431-99495-4_7
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 21 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Camera traps in animal ecology
First page 97
Last page 117