Review: Noninvasive Survey Methods for Carnivores

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Review: Noninvasive Survey Methods for Carnivores


Hamilton-Smith, Elery, Electronic Green Journal


Review: Noninvasive Survey Methods for Carnivores Robert A. Long, Paula MacKay, William J. Zielinski and Justina C. Ray (Eds.) Long, Robert A., MacKay, Paula, Zielinski, William J., and Ray, Justina C. (Eds.) Noninvasive Survey Methods for Carnivores. Washington DC: Island Press, 2008. viii + 385 pp. ISBN: 1597261203. US$50.00, paperback.

This is a truly comprehensive overview of the theoretical base, evolution, innovation, current state of practice and future prospects for continuing development. It commences with a discussion of the importance of noninvasive research in carnivore research and conservation. This is followed by a valuable review of the issues in designing field surveys and it then identifies and provides an evaluative description of nine different methodological strategies and concludes with a synthesis and forecast.

The structure and clarity of the text is of exemplary quality with very adequate photographic illustrations and diagrams. The overall result is an excellent textbook and field manual. The fact that the bibliography covers 45 pages both points to the need for this overview of research and at the same time is a good indication of the thoroughness of the text itself.

I find myself reflecting on the extent to which it is more than just a working manual for the field. …

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