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1 October 2003 CAPTURE OF SANDHILL CRANES USING ALPHA-CHLORALOSE
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From 1990–2001, we made 188 successful captures of 166 different greater sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis tabida) through experimental use of alpha-chloralose (AC). Most captures took place during September (72.3%; n=136), followed by August (14.9%; n=28), and October (12.8%; n=24). Territorial pairs were captured more successfully than family groups. Overall morbidity (6.4%) and mortality (4.3%) were lower than most other capture techniques for sandhill cranes. Exertional myopathy (EM) was the most common complication observed using AC (3.7%). Sedation level (χ52=25.9, P<0.01) and month of capture (χ22=12.3, P<0.01) were both associated with the presence of EM in cranes captured with AC. A logistic regression model suggests lighter sedation and the months of August and October are potential risk factors for EM in sandhill cranes captured with AC in Wisconsin (USA).

Hayes, Hartup, Pittman, and Barzen: CAPTURE OF SANDHILL CRANES USING ALPHA-CHLORALOSE
Matthew A. Hayes, Barry K. Hartup, Jeanne M. Pittman, and Jeb A. Barzen "CAPTURE OF SANDHILL CRANES USING ALPHA-CHLORALOSE," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 39(4), 859-868, (1 October 2003). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-39.4.859
Received: 6 August 2002; Published: 1 October 2003
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