Better food-based baits and lures for invasive rats Rattus spp. and the brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula: a bioassay on wild, free-ranging animals

  title={Better food-based baits and lures for invasive rats Rattus spp. and the brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula: a bioassay on wild, free-ranging animals},
  author={Michael D Jackson and Stephen B Hartley and Wayne L. Linklater},
  journal={Journal of Pest Science},
Food-based baits and lures remain the mainstay of eradication and monitoring methodologies for invasive mammalian species. To date, however, best-practise baits and lures for rats and possums have not been systematically compared to alternative food-based products in ways that quantify their effectiveness on free-ranging, wild animals. We designed a rapid bioassay using chew-cards to present large numbers of food-based products to free-ranging rats and possums to assess their attractiveness and… 

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