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Minimizing capture-related stress on white-tailed deer with a capture collar

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

We compared the effect of 3 capture methods for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on blood indicators of acute excitement and stress from 1 February to 20 April 1989. Eleven adult females were captured by Clover trap or cannon net between 1 February and 9 April 1989 in northeastern Minnesota [USA]. These deer were fitted with radio-controlled capture collars, and 9 deer were recaptured 7-33 days later. Trapping method affected serum cortisol (P < 0.0001), hemoglobin (Hb) (P < 0.06), and packed cell volume (PCV) (P < 0.07). Cortisol concentrations were lower (P < 0.0001) in capture-collared deer (0.54 .+-. 0.07 [SE] .mu.g/dL) compared to Clover-trapped (4.37 .+-. 0.69 .mu.g/dL) and cannon-netted (3.88 .+-. 0.82 .mu.g/dL) deer. Capture-collared deer were minimally stressed compared to deer captured by traditional methods. Use of the capture collar should permit more accurate interpretation of blood profiles of deer for assessement of condition and general health.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Minimizing capture-related stress on white-tailed deer with a capture collar
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume
54
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
299-303
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
299
Last page:
303
Number of Pages:
5