HELICOPTER NETGUNNING: A SUCCESSFUL MOOSE CAPTURE TECHNIQUE
Since 1992, Helicopter Wildlife Management (HWM) has efficiently and safely captured over 392 moose (Alces alces) in 6 states and 24 Canadian Provinces. Radio collars were placed on approximately 76% of the moose captured. All captures were made without drugs and with net guns fired from helicopters. Overall mortality at time of capture has been less than 1 %. A technique was developed for carriage of moose under the helicopter that has proven successful in reducing handling time of relocated animals.
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