A small drop-net versus Clover traps for capturing mule deer in Southeastern British Columbia
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Clover traps are commonly used for capturing wild deer (Odocoileus hemionus), particularly when the absence of open flat terrain precludes other methods. Clover traps can be inefficient because of non-target captures, escapes, and a reluctance of deer to enter the trap. To increase capture efficiency, we devised a small inexpensive drop-net for capturing targeted mule deer in steep forested terrain in British Columbia, Canada. We suggest that drop-netting may be more efficient, primarily by eliminating non-target captures. We recommend considering the use of drop-nets anywhere Clover trapping is used or considered.