Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15987
Title: Camera Traps Can Be Heard and Seen by Animals
Contributor(s): Meek, Paul  (author); Ballard, Guy-Anthony  (author); Fleming, Peter  (author); Schaefer, Michael T  (author); Williams, Warwick (author); Falzon, Gregory  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110832Open Access Link
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15987
Abstract: Camera traps are electrical instruments that emit sounds and light. In recent decades they have become a tool of choice in wildlife research and monitoring. The variability between camera trap models and the methods used are considerable, and little is known about how animals respond to camera trap emissions. It has been reported that some animals show a response to camera traps, and in research this is often undesirable so it is important to understand why the animals are disturbed. We conducted laboratory based investigations to test the audio and infrared optical outputs of 12 camera trap models. Camera traps were measured for audio outputs in an anechoic chamber; we also measured ultrasonic (n = 5) and infrared illumination outputs (n = 7) of a subset of the camera trap models. We then compared the perceptive hearing range (n = 21) and assessed the vision ranges (n = 3) of mammals species (where data existed) to determine if animals can see and hear camera traps. We report that camera traps produce sounds that are well within the perceptive range of most mammals' hearing and produce illumination that can be seen by many species.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: PLoS One, 9(10), p. 1-16
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1932-6203
Field of Research (FOR): 050199 Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified
060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified
060899 Zoology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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