Transponders as permanent identification markers for domestic ferrets, black-footed ferrets, and other wildlife

Journal of Wildlife Management
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Abstract

A 0.05-g transponder implanted subcutaneously was tested to see if it provided a reliable identification method. In laboratory tests 20 domestic ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) received transponders and were monitored for a minimum of 6 months. None showed signs of inflammation, and necropsies conducted at the end of the study showed no scar tissue or transponder migration. Seven of 23 transponders failed during the test because of leakage through the plastic case, and a glass case is now being manufactured that does not have the leakage problem. During mark-recapture studies in September and October 1985, transponders were implanted in 20 black-footed ferrets (M. nigripes), 11 of which were subsequently recaptured and 9 of which were brought into captivity; none showed signs of inflammation. Transponders provide a reliable new method for identifying hard-to-mark wildlife with a unique, permanent number than can be read with the animal in-hand or by remote equipment.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Transponders as permanent identification markers for domestic ferrets, black-footed ferrets, and other wildlife
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
DOI 10.2307/3801005
Volume 51
Issue 2
Year Published 1987
Language English
Publisher Wildlife Society
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 4 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Management
First page 294
Last page 297