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Published on November 13th, 2012 | by Jo

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Camera monitoring – tracking the Red Fox

Parks Victoria manages national parks and other reserves for conservation and recreation. Many of these are home to a range of unique and fascinating native animals.

Unfortunately many native animals are being hunted and eaten by the introduced Red Fox. To remedy this Parks Victoria has introduced a variety of fox control actions to help protect native animals. Some of these native animals are secretive, and only come out at night, which makes them difficult to track.

So how can Parks Victoria monitor what is working and what isn’t? Especially when the majority of predation — when a predator feeds on its prey — occurs at night.

New cameras, remotely triggered by movement and heat have been introduced to capture images and important data about which animals are where, and are doing what – these cameras can capture images all day and all night.

As amazing as this new technology is, it requires complex analysis of a very large data set. This is where assistance from the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) has proved to be invaluable. The partnership with AMSI has enabled Parks Victoria to unlock the true value of all the data captured by the new cameras. All this new information will be used to help rangers manage wildlife in the park in a more beneficial way.

Information and analysis arising from the AMSI partnership was presented at a national conference examining the role of remote cameras for wildlife management in Sydney September 2012. To view these slides please click here:  Presentation Slides[subscribe2]

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