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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2015

Authors: Posautz, A; Loncaric, I; Lundin, M; Hoffmann, D; Lavazza, A; Kelemen, Z; Beiglböck, C; Walzer, C; Kübber-Heiss, A

Title: Health screening of free-ranging European brown hares (Lepus europaeus) on the German North-Sea island Pellworm.

Source: Acta Vet Scand. 2015; 57:43



Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Beiglböck Christoph
Kübber-Heiss Anna
Loncaric Igor
Posautz Annika
Walzer Christian

Vetmed Research Units
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Medicine
Institute of Microbiology
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology


Abstract:
A sudden decline of the European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) population in one of the best hunting districts for small game species in northern Germany, the German North-Sea island Pellworm, in the years 2007/08 following marked habitat changes led to the implementation of a thorough health assessment program of the population. 110 animals were collected during the normal hunting season in the years 2010 and 2011. A post-mortem examination and histopathological investigation was performed on all animals. Additionally, routine bacteriology of the small intestine and parasitology were carried out. Sera of hares were tested for European Brown Hare Syndrome (EBHS) by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay, and for Treponema sp. by indirect immunofluorescent test. Additional testing was performed when deemed necessary.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Blood Chemical Analysis/veterinary
Germany
Hares/microbiology
Hares/parasitology
Hares/physiology*
Health Status*
Islands
Population Dynamics


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