Aerial deployment of infrared sensors for quantifying feral pig abundance and distribution

Lead researcher: Peter Adams, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, p.adams@murdoch.edu.au

This project aimed to provide proof of concept for the use of aerially deployed infrared sensors to accurately detect feral pigs in the southwest of Western Australia. It is anticipated that following validation of this technique with feral pigs across a range of habitats, future applications will extend to a variety of target animal species.

As such, the project objectives were to:

  1. Obtain baseline body surface temperature data of feral pigs across a range of environments to develop thermal profiles that can be used to distinguish pigs from non-target native and introduced species.
  1. Investigate physiological characteristics of feral pigs in a variety of habitat types to help predict optimum conditions for applying infrared imaging census methods.
  1. Demonstrate the ability of aerially deployed infrared sensors to detect feral pigs in the southwest forest systems of Western Australia.
  1. Provide proof of concept and preliminary results to feed into an ARC Linkage application to further develop the use of this technology for the detection of a range of vertebrate pest species.

This project was funded under the Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP).
For more APARP projects, visit: www.pestsmart.org.au/australian-pest-animal-research-program/

Author Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP)
Secondary Author Peter Adams
Volume 2011-12
Institution Murdoch University
Department School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Region WA
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