A mark-recapture survival analysis.

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Long-term marking studies are often used to investigate survival rates in animal populations. In many studies, a few individuals are caught regularly, whereas others may only rarely be caught. Existing mark-recapture and tag return models often make unrealistic assumptions and are not robust when these fail. A procedure is developed that uses both mark-recapture and tag return data to estimate the survival curve. The effect of differential trappability is assessed. A method that is deliberately subjective is proposed for discarding seriously biased estimates, so that estimation is not greatly influenced by the various departures from equal trappability that may occur. -Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-847
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Animal Ecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1982


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