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1 April 2001 Capture and Immobilization of Wild Brown Palm Civets in Western Ghats
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A mixture of 15 mg/kg body weight ketamine hydrochloride (KE) and 1.5 mg/kg body weight xylazine hydrochloride (XY) was used to successfully immobilize free-ranging brown palm civets (Paradoxurus jerdoni). Between March 1998 and June 1999, 10 immobilizations of 7 individuals were carried out in tropical rainforests of the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (India). Five males and two females were captured in Havahart live traps, using banana as bait. The mean dosage for the animals, whose weight (mean ± SD) was 2.4 kg ± 0.8 was 36.0 ± 11.0 mg KE and 3.7 ± 1.1 mg XY, administered intramuscularly. Mean time for lateral recumbency was 6.1 ± 3.78 min (n = 10) and the mean time taken for complete recovery was 84.9 ± 28.8 min (n = 9). Recovery was gradual and no fatalities or injuries occurred during the operation. The drug combination used was effective and has the potential for immobilizing other viverrids.

Mudappa and Chellam: Capture and Immobilization of Wild Brown Palm Civets in Western Ghats
Divya Mudappa and Ravi Chellam "Capture and Immobilization of Wild Brown Palm Civets in Western Ghats," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 37(2), (1 April 2001). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-37.2.383
Received: 12 November 1999; Accepted: ; Published: 1 April 2001
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