Wax Tags - Plain

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Minimum order quantity of 100 wax tags.

In 2000 Traps.co.nz saw the need for an alternative method for detecting the presence and the density of possum populations in New Zealand. At that time the only method available was the use of lines of leg-hold traps (Residual Trap Catch Index, RTCI). Possum presence and density was determined for the proportion of the traps that captured possums. However, this method has some disadvantages:

Not all possums present are captured
The method is labour intensive because leg-hold traps need to be checked daily by law
The amount of sampling lines is restricted because traps are heavy and labour intensive
Trap lines are difficult to establish in inaccessible mountainous terrain
Consequently Traps.co.nz developed the WaxTag possum monitoring method for measuring possum densities in New Zealand. Research showed that lines of WaxTags were more effective

Protocol



Effective for detecting pests on riverbeds in Canterbury view: How can we detect introduced mammalian predators in non-forest habitats? A comparison of techniques

See also the Peanut WaxTags for detecting rodents and hedgehogs.