A radio telemetry system for animal tracking in New Zealand

A radio telemetry system has been developed to monitor movements of the brush-tailed possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), hare (Lepus europaeus), and feral goat (Capra hircus) in varying habitats throughout New Zealand. Remote tracking using 2 fixed receiving stations simultaneously tuned to transmitters with individual frequencies enabled possum and hare locations to be determined throughout their range. Portable tracking techniques were used by observers on foot or in a helicopter to locate den sites and migrating or dead animals. Accuracy of the fixed tracking in varying habitats was calculated using error polygons and found to be adequate to determine larger-scale animal movements.

Author M. D. Thomas
Year 1982
Secondary title New Zealand Journal of Science
Volume 25
Number 3
Pages 245-252
Region NZ