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  1. The Human-Animal Interaction Scale: development and evaluation

    Contributor(s):: Fournier, A. K., Berry, T. D., Letson, E., Chanen, R.

    The purpose of this study was to develop the Human-Animal Interaction Scale (HAIS) and evaluate its reliability and validity. The HAIS is a 24-item self-report instrument designed to describe and quantify behaviors performed by humans and nonhuman animals during an episode of interaction (e.g.,...

  2. Program animal welfare: using behavioral and physiological measures to assess the well-being of animals used for education programs in zoos

    Contributor(s):: Baird, B. A., Kuhar, C. W., Lukas, K. E., Amendolagine, L. A., Fuller, G. A., Nemet, J., Willis, M. A., Schook, M. W.

    This study investigates program animal welfare using both behavioral and physiological measures in two separate experiments. In Experiment One, we examined possible differences in behavior and fecal glucocorticoid metabolites (FGM) between education, exhibit and off-exhibit armadillos ( N=59)...

  3. Potential welfare impacts of kill-trapping European moles ( Talpa europaea) using scissor traps and duffus traps: a post mortem examination study

    Contributor(s):: Baker, S. E., Shaw, R. F., Atkinson, R. P. D., West, P., Macdonald, D. W.

    Moles are widely trapped as pests on farms and amenity land in Britain. Spring traps for killing mammals generally require welfare approval in the UK, but mole traps are exempt. Previous research demonstrated wide variation in the mechanical performance of mole traps. In this context, we aimed to...

  4. A study of rehabilitated juvenile hedgehogs after release into the wild

    Contributor(s):: Morris, P. A., Warwick, H.

    Because many juvenile hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are "rehabilitated" with little or no previous experience of life in the wild, a study is described in which 12 such animals were monitored after release in Devon, UK. They quickly learned their way about, built nests and found them again, and...

  5. An investigation into the efficacy of mechanical mole scarers

    Contributor(s):: Gorman, M., Lamb, A.

    The responses of European moles (Talpa europaea) to mechanical mole scarers were investigated. The 3 devices tested emitted vibrations in the frequency range 0-20 kHz. Vibrations of this frequency are rapidly attenuated when passing through soil. Moles fitted with radio transmitters gave no...

  6. Released, rehabilitated hedgehogs: a follow-up study in Jersey

    Contributor(s):: Morris, P. A.

  7. The survival and welfare of hedgehogs ( Erinaceus europaeus ) after release back into the wild

    Contributor(s):: Reeve, N. J.

    Ten female hedgehogs were released into a rural woodland area (Surrey, UK) with a low natural hedgehog density, and radio-tracked for up to 108 days. 2 hedgehogs were also released in an urban area with an established hedgehog population and tracked for 109 and 131 days respectively. Most of the...

  8. Traps for killing stoats ( Mustela erminea ): improving welfare performance

    Contributor(s):: Warburton, B., Poutu, N., Peters, D., Waddington, P.

    Fenn traps are widely used in New Zealand for control of small predators. Introduced stoats (Mustela erminea) pose a significant risk to many indigenous New Zealand bird species, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) has used Fenn traps to reduce their numbers over the last 20-30 years....