In two independent studies, small mammals of grassland communities in eastern Kansas, when given a choice, preferred Fitch to Sherman live traps. Except for the harvest mice in the demographic study, the type of preferred trap and magnitude of selection was remarkably comparable, with microtines showing slight, and cricetines strong, preferences overall. The merits of each type of trap are compared, and related to season, weather, prior experience, and trap-associated mortality.
Original Publication Citation
Rose, R. K., Slade, N. A., & Honacki, J. H. (1977). Live trap preference among grassland mammals. Acta Theriologica, 22(21), 297-307.
Rose, Robert K.; Slade, Norman A.; and Honacki, James H., "Live Trap Preference Among Grassland Mammals" (1977). Biological Sciences Faculty Publications. 421.