Evaluation of Sardine Bait-stations for Indexing Black Bears in Southeast Georgia

A 1985-86 project in southeastern Georgia was conducted in an effort to study the effectiveness of several methods of applying a sardine bait-station technique for indexing black bears (Ursus americanus). A total of 120 stations were set out in 20 lOO-ha experimental replicates during each of 3 months (May, July, and November) with random sampling of equal numbers of stations according to method of hanging baits (hanging or nailing) as well as equal numbers of stations being checked after 4, 8, and 12 days. Chi-square analysis indicated that a bear visit to a bait-station was not dependent on method of presentation. Overall visitation rates were proportionally higher though not statistically different for stations checked after 8 and 12 days than for stations checked after 4 days. Analysis by month sampled indicated significantly more bear visits during May than during July or November.

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