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1 July 1987 CAPTURE MYOPATHY IN WILD TURKEYS (MELEAGRIS GALLOPAVO) FOLLOWING TRAPPING, HANDLING AND TRANSPORTATION IN COLORADO
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Sixty wild turkeys were necropsied following trapping, transporting and handling during the winters of 1980–1981, 1981–1982, and 1982–1983 in order to determine the incidence of subclinical capture myopathy. Gross lesions characterized by small to large patchy, pale white streaked areas within skeletal muscle were found in 13 of 27 birds trapped with a drop net in the winter of 1982–1983. Microscopic lesions within myocardium characterized by irregular areas of coagulative necrosis, collapse of intercellular stroma and myocardial nuclear proliferation were found in two of 14 birds in 1980–1981, five of 19 birds in 1981–1982 and 11 of 27 birds in 1982–1983. Microscopic lesions within skeletal muscle characterized by rhabdomyolysis were found in 16 of 19 birds in 1981–1982 and 25 of 27 birds in 1982–1983. These findings suggest that wild turkeys are susceptible to capture myopathy and particular caution should be exercised in capturing and handling these birds.

Spraker, Adrian, and Lance: CAPTURE MYOPATHY IN WILD TURKEYS (MELEAGRIS GALLOPAVO) FOLLOWING TRAPPING, HANDLING AND TRANSPORTATION IN COLORADO
T. R. Spraker, W. J. Adrian and W. R. Lance "CAPTURE MYOPATHY IN WILD TURKEYS (MELEAGRIS GALLOPAVO) FOLLOWING TRAPPING, HANDLING AND TRANSPORTATION IN COLORADO," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 23(3), (1 July 1987). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-23.3.447
Received: 3 June 1985; Accepted: ; Published: 1 July 1987
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