Bait preference field study for the California ground squirrel
- Author(s): Protopapas, Brenda D.
- Crabb, A. Charles
- et al.
A bait preference field study of the California ground squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi beecheyi) was performed involving the comparison of the following untreated bait formulations fed ad lib: oat groats, Ramik Green, and ZP Rodent Ag Bait. The study was performed on rangeland at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, from March 11, 1984, to September 15, 1984. Poor bait quality problems occurred in the early period of the study (March 11 to May 17), resulting in poor acceptance of both Ramik and Ag Bait. A descriptive analysis of this period is discussed. The statistical analysis of relative bait consumption (June 3 to September 15) determined a significant difference between the consumption of oat groats versus Ramik and Ag Bait; no significant difference between Ramik and Ag Bait; the acceptance of all three baits was good; and the use of any of the three would result in control of the ground squirrels. There was a strong correlation between overall bait consumption and the ground squirrels observed.