EFFECTS OF WINTERS ON PHYSICAL CONDITION OF MOOSE IN SOUTH-CENTRAL ALASKA
We compared several blood parameters and morphometric measurements of adult female and newborn calf moose (Alces alces) during late winter and early summer in relation to winter severity during 1977 through 1985 in south-central Alaska. We examined packed cell volume, percent hemoglobin, calcium, phosphorus, beta globulin, albumin, total protein and glucose. Late-winter adult female moose blood parameters following a severe winter were significantly (P <0.05) lower than those following mild winters reflecting reduced condition following a severe winter. However, there were no differences (P >0.05) in blood and morphometric measurements of calf moose born following moderate winters in relation to those following a severe winter suggesting that neonates were not affected by the nutritional status of adults following one severe winter.
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