Simulation parameters dialog - traps

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Number of samples: This determines the number of trapping occasions that will be simulated. The number can range from 2 to 10.

Trap positioning: Traps can be either regularly or randomly positioned within the sampling area. A regular arrangement will usually maximise the number captured.

Trap size: Three trap sizes can be selected. The larger the trap the more likely the probability of capture. Therefore use large traps when it is desired to simulate an experiment when a large proportion of the population is captured.

Number of traps: From 1 to 25 traps can be used. A large number will result in a higher proportion of the population being tagged.

Capacity: This is the number of individuals a trap can hold. Some small mammal traps, for example, can only catch a single individual per sampling occasion.