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National Laboratory for Health Security

Raccoon predation of nests

The raccoon appeared in Hungary in recent decades. As an invasive, non-native predator species, it may have unknown effects on local ecosystems. One of the most important of these is predating on bird nests. We investigated this by placing artificial nests and using motion-sensing camera traps.




This research was supported by the National Talent Programme of Hungary and the Prime Minister's Office (NTP-NFTÖ-21-B-0288), and by the National Laboratory for Health Security (RRF-2.3.1-21-2022-00006), Centre for Ecological Research, Budapest, Hungary.