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Citation. Tester, J. R. 1971. Interpretation of ecological and behavioral data on wild animals obtained by telemetry with special reference to errors and uncertainties. Pages 385-408 in the Symposium on Biotelemetry. Pretoria, South Africa. [1545 CC]
Abstract. This paper reports on the kinds of ecological and behavioral data which can be obtained by telemetry from unrestrained animals living under natural conditions. Consideration will be given to the accuracy and precision of data on location and movements of radio-marked animals and to the kinds and reliability of behavioral information which can be obtained from the same animals. Use of telemetry as a technique for studying wild animals has expanded rapidly during the past ten years to the point where species ranging in size from sparrows to elephants are being monitored throughout the world. In view of this wide-spread use, it is surprising that so few reports are available concerning errors and uncertainties which might exist in data obtained by telemetry. It is hoped that this review of studies at the Cedar Creek Natural History Area, University of Minnesota in North America and of telemetry data from published literature will be useful in application of this technique.
Keywords. radiotelemetry, sources of error