1. Suppose that naturalists catch, tags, and release 50 deer in a forest. After allowing time
for the tagged deer to mix with the others, they catch a sample of 100 deer, 10 of which have
tags. What is the estimate for the number of deer in the forest?
2. Suppose that wildlife workers capture 328 penguins on an island, mark them, and allow them
to mix with the rest of the population. Later, they capture 200 penguins, 64 of which are marked.
What is the estimate for the number of penguins on the island?
3. Suppose that the high school in a town has 500 students. A random survey of 200 people in
the town finds 40 high school students. What is the estimate for the number of people in the town?
4. Visitors conducted a capture-recapture experiment to determine the number of taxi cabs in
Edinburgh, Scotland. On the first day, observers saw 48 taxicabs. The next day they observed
52 cabs, 20 of which they had seen the previous day (The Wildlife Society, October 1978).
What is the estimate for the number of taxicabs in Edinburgh?
5. In a study of raccoons in a certain region of northern Florida, 48 animals were captured using
cages baited with fish heads. The raccoons were marked and released. In the following week 71
raccoons were captured, 31 of which had been marked (Pollock in Brook and Arnold, The Fascination
of Statistics). What is the estimate for the number of raccoons in this region?
6. Suppose that a naturalist determines that there are 500 deer in a rectangular forest that is
5 miles wide and 10 miles long. What will the density of the deer be per square mile?
7. Find the density per acre for problem 6. There are 43,560 square feet in an acre.
8. Suppose that a naturalist estimates that there are 50 raccoons in an area that
measures 5280 feet by 5280 feet. What is the density per square mile?
9. Find the density per acre for problem 8.
10. Suppose that wildlife workers capture 20 pheasants in a square mile area. They tag them
and release them to allow them to mix with the rest of the population. Later they capture
30 pheasants, 15 of which are marked. Determine an estimate of the pheasant population for
the square mile and determine the population density per acre.
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