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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/445

Title: Natal nest location and small mammal tracking with a spool and line technique
Authors: Boonstra, Rudy
Craine, Ian
Issue Date: 1985
Publisher: National Research Council Canada
Citation: Can. J. Zool. 64: 1034-1036
Abstract: We describe a simple, inexpensive method for tracking small mammals accurately for distances up to 180 m. A small spool of thread is attached to the back of the animal with surgical glue. As the animal moves along, it leaves behind it a trail of thread that can be followed along the route taken and to nest sites. Of 157 lactating meadow voles spooled, we found 62 nests with young. This success rate can probably be doubled by reducing two sources of spooling failure and by spooling a second time within the same trapping session.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/445
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