Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program - Innovative
FIA Project 4440001

    Weasel scent as a predator attractant to reduce vole numbers in new plantations
Project lead: Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd.
Author: Sullivan, Thomas P.
Imprint: Summerland, B.C. : Applied Mammal Research Institute, 2006
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Weasels, British Columbia, Voles, Habitat, Control
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program - Innovative
This project was part of a FIA-sponsored program with Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd. in 2005-06 and adhered to an 'innovative project plan'. The project was designed to use odour of the short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea) to: (1) lengthen the period of low numbers (abundance) of voles (Microtus) by maintaining mustelid scent, and potentially small mustelids, in treatment areas; and (2) reduce feeding damage by voles to tree seedlings during the overwinter period. The project is located at Glenogle Creek, 25 km east of Golden. There are three replicate control (no treatment) and three replicate treatment (predator attractant) sites on openings that are 2- to 3-years post-harvest. Experiment A was conducted from May to September 2005 and assessed the response of vole populations in terms of abundance and survival of voles to the treatment. Experiment B commenced in mid-September 2005 and will continue through to June 2006. This experiment is also assessing the response of voles in terms of abundance and survival overwinter, as well as the survival of planted seedlings on control and treatment sites. These measurements will be made in May-June 2006.
Thomas P. Sullivan.


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