This project was part of a FIA-sponsored program with Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd. in 2005-06 and adhered to an 'innovative project plan'. The project was designed to use odour of the short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea) to: (1) lengthen the period of low numbers (abundance) of voles (Microtus) by maintaining mustelid scent, and potentially small mustelids, in treatment areas; and (2) reduce feeding damage by voles to tree seedlings during the overwinter period. The project is located at Glenogle Creek, 25 km east of Golden. There are three replicate control (no treatment) and three replicate treatment (predator attractant) sites on openings that are 2- to 3-years post-harvest. Experiment A was conducted from May to September 2005 and assessed the response of vole populations in terms of abundance and survival of voles to the treatment. Experiment B commenced in mid-September 2005 and will continue through to June 2006. This experiment is also assessing the response of voles in terms of abundance and survival overwinter, as well as the survival of planted seedlings on control and treatment sites. These measurements will be made in May-June 2006.
Thomas P. Sullivan.
Sullivan, Thomas P.. 2006. Weasel scent as a predator attractant to reduce vole numbers in new plantations. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2006MR238