Coupling visitor and wildlife monitoring in protected areas using camera traps

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Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, ISSN: 2213-0780, Vol: 17, Page: 44-53

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Anna B. Miller; Yu-Fai Leung; Roland Kays
Elsevier BV
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The global rise in nature-based recreation and tourism brings an increasing need for research on visitor activity in protected areas. Understanding the nature, distribution, and intensity of visitor activity can lead to better management of protected areas, potentially improving visitor experience while reducing impacts on the environment. Although passive infrared cameras (i.e., “camera traps”) are now a standard monitoring tool for wildlife researchers, they are less commonly applied by recreation social scientists for visitor monitoring in natural areas. Because study objectives differ between these two applications, protocols for camera placement also vary.