International Mammal Trapping Standards ̶- Part II: Killing Trap Systems

Proulx, Gilbert and Allen, Benjamin L. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1533-0163 and Cattet, Marc and Feldstein, Pauline and Iossa, Graziella and Meek, Paul D. and Serfass, Thomas L. and Soulsbury, Carl D. (2022) International Mammal Trapping Standards ̶- Part II: Killing Trap Systems. In: Mammal Trapping: Wildlife Management, Animal Welfare & International Standards. Alpha Wildlife Publications, Alberta, Canada, pp. 259-272. ISBN 9780980959826

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose standards for killing trap systems based on Proulx et al.’s (2022) prerequisites, which provide context and explanations for our approach. Our aim is to identify assessment protocols that are based on the scientific method, and that include evaluation parameters and threshold levels of acceptation, and laboratory and field procedures, to recognize mammal trapping systems that are acceptable from an animal welfare, and capture efficiency and selectivity, point of view. The testing of killing trap systems consists of 4 steps: 1) Mechanical evaluation; 2) Approach tests in semi-natural environments; 3) Kill tests in semi-natural environments; and 4) Kill tests on traplines. Based on the normal approximation to the binomial distribution, acceptable killing trap systems are expected, at a 95% confidence level, to render ≥85% of the animals irreversibly unconscious in ≤ 90 sec for most mammal species, and ≤30 sec for small mammals (mouse, vole, etc.). We recommend that standards be continuously updated based on the development of new designs and technology.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2022 00:14
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2022 00:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: killing trap systems; international; animal welfare; wildlife and habitat management
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410407 Wildlife and habitat management
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3003 Animal production > 300306 Animal welfare
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180602 Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
10 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 1099 Other animal production and animal primary products > 109902 Animal welfare
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49633

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