The smart life traps are based on an image recognition system and represent selective live traps for the species coypu or muskrat. Thus, they aim to prevent bycatches of other species than coypus and muskrats.
Life trapping of coypu is an essential method for a population control of this species. The life traps are equipped with a trap transmitter. When an animal steps on the trigger located at the back end of the trap, the door closes and the trapper receives a text message on his phone.
The disadvantage of this trapping device is that it represents a high risk for bycatches as any animal can trigger the trap. With the implementation of smart life traps, based on an image recognition system, catching of non-target species will be prevented. Those traps close or open remotely based on facial recognition of the target species.
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