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Issue:ISSN 1000-7083
          CN 51-1193/Q
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Studies on the Feasibility of Bait Station for Controlling Red- bellied Squirrel (Callosciurus erythraeus) in Planted Forest
Author of the article:HAO Wenkai1, HE Kaiwei2, SHAO Gaohua2, CHEN Xuewu1, LI Panfeng1, GUO Cong1*
Author's Workplace:(1. College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China; 2. The Forest Farm of Hongya County, Hongya, Sichuan Province 620364, China)
Key Words:red-bellied squirrel Callosciurus erythraeus; bait station; damage; bait
Abstract:The barking behavior of red-bellied squirrel Callosciurus erythraeus normally causes serious damages in planted forest. However, this was difficult to be controlled due to the arboreal habits of red-bellied squirrel. Bait station on trees was expected to control the population of the animals in this study before application. During September 2012 to July 2013, the visit preference of red-bellied squirrels to the bait stations was tested by using different materials, diameters and heights of bait stations placed on trees. The seasonal bait visit was observed as well. The results showed that no significant difference was observed on the visit preference of red-bellied squirrels to the bait stations that made by different materials (plastic variable pipe or bamboo) and that placed at different heights (0.8 mor1.8 m). However, the red-bellied squirrel preferred the bait stations with larger diameter (90 mm). The rank of visit rates of red-bellied squirrels to corn was autumn>spring>winter>summer, and the rank of visit rates of red-bellied squirrels to rice was spring>autumn>summer>winter. And the highest visit rate to corn and rice was 32.40% and 29.38%, respectively. The lowest visit rate to corn and rice was 8.44% and 8.33%, respectively. These results indicated that the bait station could be used to control red-bellied squirrel. Both corn and rice could be used as bait. Moreover, red-bellied squirrels showed significant preference to large corn than the small one. During the experiment, a total of 4120 photographs and 830 videos were taken with infrared camera, and there were rare un-target animals visited the bait stations. The highest visiting frequencies of red-bellied squirrel to the bait stations were observed in the morning and nightfall.
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