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Unformatted text preview: NATS104 Willot Scientific Report 4 November 22 2006 Citation: Garmestani, Ahjond S. and H. Franklin Percival 2005. Raccoon Removal Reduces Sea Turtle Nest Depredation in the Ten Thousand Islands of Florida. Southeastern Naturalist 4 (3) 469472. Hypothesis: Removing raccoons ( Procyon lotor marines ) from the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is the most effective way of stopping the depredation of sea turtle nests. Other methods of depredation control such as nest transplantation and/or screening can be effective, but the islands' remote location and a lack of manpower makes these strategies less practical. Methods used to test hypothesis: The sea turtle egg depredation rate was recorded on four islands in the TTINWR (Panther, White Horse, Hog, and Gullivan) in the years 1991 through 1994. Then, in 1995, fourteen raccoons were trapped and removed from Panther Island, while on the remaining three islands raccoons were trapped for counting/tracking purposes, but were not removed,...
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