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Further refinement of helicopter capture for Australian chital deer (Axis axis)

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Amos, M., De Ridder, T. R., Pople, A. R., Brennan, M. and Hampton, J. O. (2024) Further refinement of helicopter capture for Australian chital deer (Axis axis). Australian Mammalogy, 46 (1).


Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1071/AM23015

Publisher URL: https://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/AM23015


This study improves a technique to capture wild chital deer (Axis axis) in northern Australia by darting from a helicopter. We quantified several metrics, including the frequency of adverse animal welfare events. Mortality at the time of capture was 15%, but no animals died post-release, and the frequencies of hyperthermia and hypoxaemia were lower than in previous operations. This study can be used as a template for iterative refinement of high-risk capture methodologies.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:animal welfare, chital deer, darting, helicopter capture, mortality, stress, telemetry, ungulates. Agtech Agritech
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Animal control and ecology
Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Impact assessment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural conservation
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Conservation of natural resources
Animal culture > Deer
Live Archive:15 Aug 2023 02:08
Last Modified:29 Feb 2024 02:04

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