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An automatic technique for selective feeding and logging of individual wild squirrels

Abstract:

We describe an automated feeding station for squirrels which identifies individuals and logs their feeding times, using passive integrated transponders (PIT tags). The system can provide or deny food to tagged individuals based on identity and/or arbitrary schedules. We test the system with wild grey squirrels Sciurus carolinensis, and report their feeding patterns and their ability to learn to manipulate a joystick to gain access. Possible applications for the system include behavioural or e...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
ETHOLOGY ECOLOGY and EVOLUTION
Volume:
17
Issue:
3
Pages:
271-277
Publication date:
2005-10-05
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EISSN:
1828-7131
ISSN:
0394-9370
URN:
uuid:b8c0dd33-18c3-4e5e-ae37-275cea3493cd
Source identifiers:
210555
Local pid:
pubs:210555

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