AWE is pleased to announce the development of a trap monitoring system (TMS) for predator control programs. Research has shown the high populations of mid-sized, egg-eating mammals can substantially reduce productivity of ground nesting birds, such as quail, turkeys, waterfowl, pheasants, and certain turtle species. Wildlife managers have responded to this problem by using large numbers of "box" traps to control these species. The problem with maintaining large numbers of box traps is that the capture rate is fairly low and a considerable amount of manpower, time and equipment is required to check these traps on a daily basis. AWE developed the TMS system to allow wildlife managers to quickly check large numbers of traps spread over large areas. The TMS system works by using a scanning receiver to monitor the status of up to 800 traps. If an animal is captured the transmitter on the trap sends out a signal on a unique frequency which allows the manager to know exactly what trap has been activated. When the animal is removed from the trap and the door is reset, the LED attached to the transmitter and the unit itself turns off allowing the manager to know that the transmitter has been properly reset. AWE currently has TMS systems in operation in five southeastern states and South Dakota. According to field personnel using these systems, they have recovered the entire cost within 1.5 years of implementation. Click on the Trap Monitoring link for a more detailed article on how this system is used on quail hunting properties. We would be delighted to speak with you concerning how this monitoring system, using radio telemetry, may help you achieve your wildlife management goals.
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