Effects of Urine on the Response to Carrot-Bait in the European Wild Rabbit

  • Diana Bell
  • Stephen Moore
  • David Cowan

Abstract

Despite success with insects, the applied use of chemical signals in the management of mammalian pest species remains to be fully explored. Shumake (1977) suggests that such chemical signals might be used (1) to disrupt an animal’s reproductive processes (through odour ‘primer’ effects, see Aron,1979); (2) to attract it or repel it from an area (lure/repellent); or (3) to encourage or discourage it from feeding (bait enhancer/food repellent). MUller-Schwarze (1971) for example found that black-tailed deer could be discouraged from feeding by applying conspecific metatarsal secretions to the undersurface of their feeding bowls.

Keywords

Chemical Signal Wild Rabbit Male Urine Female Urine Slice Carrot 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana Bell
    • 1
  • Stephen Moore
    • 1
  • David Cowan
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwich, NorfolkEngland
  2. 2.Worplesdon LaboratoryM.A.F.F.Nr. GuildfordCanada

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