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Mastozoología neotropical

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FLUECK, Werner T  and  SMITH-FLUECK, Jo Anne M. Radio marking the first group of endangered patagonian huemul deer in Argentina. Mastozool. neotrop. [online]. 2018, vol.25, n.2, pp.461-465. ISSN 0327-9383.

In Argentina, 350-500 endangered huemul remain. Huemul were radio-collared in Chubut during six winter days. Encountering huemul each day averaged 93 minutes (17 groups, 37 individuals). Spotting until darting an animal averaged 46 minutes; darting distance averaged 15.7 m; and darting until recovery averaged 45.5 minutes. Ten capture attempts were made, of which six were successful. Compared to the only huemul previously radio-collared in Argentina (2016), the present operation required 96.5% less man-days/animal. Of marked huemul, 86% presented clinical pathologies, best explained by restriction to marginal if not sink areas, or ecological traps. This operation allowed the first-ever marking of a huemul buck and a group of six huemul in Argentina.

Keywords : Clinical pathology; Conservation strategy; Hippocamelus bisulcus; Live capture; Radio telemetry.

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