The Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) is a federally endangered c
avity nesting species. Mesh snake traps are placed near the base of cavity
trees to prevent tree climbing and potential nest predation by rat snakes.
in 1997, we documented one live and four dead Red-cockaded Woodpeckers ensn
ared in mesh snake traps at the Bienville National Forest and Noxubee Natio
nal Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi.