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Butorphanol-Azaperone-Medetomidine for the Immobilization of Captive Caribou (Rangifer tarandus granti) in Alaska, USA

Author:
Hansen, Cristina M., Beckmen, Kimberlee B.
Source:
Journal of wildlife diseases 2018 v.54 no.3 pp. 650-652
ISSN:
0090-3558
Subject:
Rangifer tarandus granti, captive animals, narcotics, Alaska
Abstract:
A combination of butorphanol-azaperone-medetomidine was used to immobilize four captive caribou (Rangifer tarandus granti) in Palmer, Alaska, US. The average induction time for this combination was 5:17±2:06 min. Inductions were smooth, and recoveries were excellent. This drug combination may provide an alternative to the use of potent opioids for immobilizing caribou.