Chemical immobilization of North American mule deer

Edited by: Leon NielsenJerry C. Haigh, and Murray E. Fowler


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The choice of agents for chemical immobilization of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is a problem with a simple and effective solution, in my opinion. I recommend combinations of etorphine hydrochloride (M199©) and xylazine hydrochloride (Rompun©) administered intravenously and reversed intravenously. I have used this combination on hundreds of mule deer and have supervised its use on hundreds more. It is a forgiving combination in terms of safety to the deer. I have never seen a mortality in mule deer that I could blame on this combination of drugs, which, in my experience, has performed well under a wide variety of environmental, physiological and organizational conditions.

Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Chemical immobilization of North American mule deer
Year Published 1983
Language English
Publisher Wisconsin Humane Society
Publisher location Milwaukee, WI
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 7 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the North American Symposium: Chemical immobilization of North American wildlife
First page 363
Last page 369
Conference Title Chemical immobilization of North American wildlife
Conference Location Milwaukee, WI
Conference Date April 4-6, 1982
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