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Camera trap survey of jaguars from Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize

Citation

Distiller, Greg; Borchers, David; Foster, Rebecca; Harmsen, Bart (2021), Camera trap survey of jaguars from Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.n2z34tmv2

Abstract

These data are from a camera trap survey of jaguars in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize that ran for a 6 month period from August 2013 until February 2014. The associated manuscript contains analyses of these data using continuous-time spatial capture-recapture models, and demonstrates how one can make inference about animal activity patterns. The data include 287 detections of 19 individual male jaguars, and 44 detections of 8 individual female jaguars.

Methods

Twenty paired camera stations (Pantheracam v3) were deployed along the trail network within the eastern basin of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize. Neighbouring stations had an average spacing of 2.0 km (1.1 to 3.1 km) and digital photographic data were downloaded every two weeks. The data were collected by R. Foster and B. Harmsen.

Usage Notes

The dataset contains captures for both males and female jaguars and includes three individuals with sex not determined that were excluded from analyses. A file with details of the camera trap stations as well as when the stations were operating is included, as well as an .Rdata object that contains masks of the survey area with several different spatial covariates.

Funding

Summerlee Foundation

Panthera