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Drug immobilization of walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

January 1, 1981

Five out of nine walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) were successfully immobilized at Round Island, Alaska, in May of 1978 by combinations of phencyclidine hydrochloride and acepromazine hydrochloride. A crossbow was an effective delivery technique. Walruses that had recently hauled out were more suitable for immobilization than well-rested animals. Care was taken to prevent walruses from overheating or suffocating.

Publication Year 1981
Title Drug immobilization of walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)
DOI 10.1139/f81-048
Authors D.P. DeMaster, J.B. Faro, J. A. Estes, James Taggart, C. Zabel
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Index ID 1007524
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center