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The Use of a Remote Cellular Driven Digital Camera System (Smart Scouter™) for the Evaluation of OvoControl® P (Nicarbazin) Bait Acceptance in Feral Pigeons (Columba livia)

  • Author(s): Wolf, Erick G.
  • Roach, Justin L.
  • et al.

Originally developed as a remote trail camera system for monitoring deer, ERS Group of Atlanta, GA has combined the advantages of digital imaging together with cellular telephone technology into a “Smart Scouter™”. By combining a motion and heat sensing digital camera, this system can record movement at the target site and upload the images immediately to both a website and email providing real time monitoring details. We describe the use of the Smart Scouter™ camera system for monitoring pigeon numbers and non-targets feeding at site where OvoControl® P bait was applied, without intervention by technicians. The camera system can augment required monitoring when applying OvoControl® P bait. It is especially useful in remote or hard-to-access areas, and can save time and labor costs.

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