Diazepam And Alpha-Chloralose Mixtures To Capture Waterfowl

Various mixtures of diazepam and alpha-chloralose were tested on waterfoWl in Florida and Maryland by Oral administration on baits. A total of 3 233 waterfowl of a variety of species was anesthetized sufficiently to be captured. All mixtures which were tested reacted faster, and we believe more safely than did either of the two compounds separately. Several species were captured simultaneously at the same bait stations. Reactions to winter-spring capture versus fall capture revealed seasonal differences in physiological effects of the drugs. Local conditions may require special adaptation of the techniques in some cases.

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