Effect of predator reduction on waterfowl nesting success

  • Published source details Balser D.S., Dill H.H. & Nelson H.K. (1968) Effect of predator reduction on waterfowl nesting success. Journal of Wildlife Management, 32, 669-682.


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Control predators not on islands for wildfowl

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  1. Control predators not on islands for wildfowl

    A controlled study at two prairie and forest sites in Minnesota, USA, between 1959 and 1964 (Balser et a. 1968) found that using predator control significantly increased the survival of duck nests (59% of 247 nests vs. 29% of 112) and the number of ducklings produced (from 4,858 to 7,571) compared to the same sites when control was not used. The ‘survival’ of artificial wildfowl nests also increased (81% of 654 nests vs. 34% of 699). The duck species were blue-winged teal Anas discors, mallard A. platyrhynchos, and gadwall A. strepera. Raccoons Procyon lotor, striped skunks Mephitis mephitis and red fox Vulpes vulpes were removed using strychnine-treated eggs and trapping. The authors note that the two sites may not have been far enough apart to prevent predator immigration from control areas to treatment areas, so results may be conservative.


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