Alternative methodology for handling and marking meso-mammals for short-term research
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We evaluated squeeze cages and water-soluble inks and dyes as methods for handling and marking of meso-mammals in a short-term capture-recapture study. Study animals exhibited no adverse physiological impacts from capture or marking techniques. We also observed no negative impacts on trap success for the duration of the study. We found these methods quick (5 minutes maximum hold time), safe (no observed injuries of animals or researchers) and reliable (effective marking and mark retention for a minimum of 12 days). © 2012 I.D.Parker, R.R.Lopez, N.J.Silvy, D.S.Davis & J.C.Cathey.
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Parker, I., Lopez, R., Silvy, N., Davis, D., & Cathey, J.