Predator Decoys

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Historically in passed attempts to capture a live thylacine, traps have been used and bated using a verity methods, from internal organs spread around an area to road roadkill bait. Of course we are not attempting to physically capture any animal or even bait them.  An effective common decoy used in the USA for predators such as Bob cats and Coyotes is a simple feather on a stick. The question was would such a decoy work on a carnivorous marsupial? As you can see from the above image a  tiger quoll found this one very interesting and hung around this decoy for over a month! A second decoy was destroyed within a few days, the chewed-up remains spread around the base of the camera. The camera did not capture the culprit as its positioning had been moved to just above the decoy and its backup battery pack cable was unplugged and chewed. It was most probably the result of a devil as lot of devil activity was captured by another camera near to it. Clearly from the results the decoys had worked though without being scented they will not attract any animal beyond the immediate area.

 

 

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