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Possible costs of radio-tracking a young adult female mantled howler monkey ( Alouatta palliata ) in deciduous habitat of Costa Rican tropical dry forest

By A. L. Hilpert, C. B. Jones

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Field experiments are required to determine the causes of the patterns identified in this report and their potential threats to the internal validity of field studies on mantled howlers. The literature on biotelemetry suggests that radio collars are likely to have deleterious effects on animals when a radio collar exceeds 5% of body weight - "the 5% rule" - (Cooke et al., 2004; Neubaum et al., 2005). Because all adult females in Group 12 wore identification collars and tags (Jones, 1980), however, a partial control was incorporated in this research (Gauthier-Clerc et al., 2004). Ultimately, the benefits of using transmitter collars must be weighed against the costs (Cooke et al., 2004), including the important issues of scientific significance, research ethics, and animal welfare.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 8
Issue 3
Pages 227-232
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/s15327604jaws0803_6
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, Fayetteville State University, 1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC 28301, USA.cbjones@uncfsu.edu
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animals
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Biological resources
  5. Central America
  6. Communication
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Costs
  9. Developing countries
  10. Ethics
  11. Habitats
  12. Latin America
  13. Mammals
  14. Monkeys
  15. peer-reviewed
  16. Primates
  17. radio
  18. radiotelemetry
  19. telemetry
  20. Threshold Countries
  21. Tropical forests
  22. United States of America
  23. vertebrates
  24. Wild animals
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