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Settle Down! Ranging Behaviour Responses of Roe Deer to Different Capture and Release Methods

Alm Bergvall, Ulrika and Morellet, Nicolas and Kjellander, Petter and Rauset, Geir R. and De Groeve, Johannes and Borowik, Tomasz and Gehr, Benedikt and Heurich, Marco and Hewison, A. J. Mark and Kröschel, Max and Pellerin, Maryline and Said, Sonia and Soennichsen, Leif and Sunde, Peter and Cagnacci, Francesca (2021). Settle Down! Ranging Behaviour Responses of Roe Deer to Different Capture and Release Methods. Animals. 11 :11 , 3299
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Simple Summary The study of animal movement in wild, free ranging species is fundamental for advancing knowledge on ecosystem relationships and for conservation. The deployment of bio-logging devices to this purpose (often GPS-collars in large mammals) requires relatively invasive procedures, such as capture, handling and release. Capture and manipulation cause behavioural modifications that are largely understudied in wild species and may affect both the welfare of animals and the output of the studies. We evaluated post capture and release ranging behaviour responses of a small deer species (roe deer Capreolus capreolus) for five different capture methods across 14 study sites within the EURODEER collaborative project. Roe deer showed modifications in their movement behaviour, independently of the capture method. However, individuals recovered rapidly, converging towards the average behaviour within a relatively short interval of time (between 10 days and one month), demonstrating a general resilience to such stressful events. We encourage researchers to continually adapt capture and handling methods so as to minimize stress and prioritize animal welfare. The fitting of tracking devices to wild animals requires capture and handling which causes stress and can potentially cause injury, behavioural modifications that can affect animal welfare and the output of research. We evaluated post capture and release ranging behaviour responses of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) for five different capture methods. We analysed the distance from the centre of gravity and between successive locations, using data from 14 different study sites within the EURODEER collaborative project. Independently of the capture method, we observed a shorter distance between successive locations and contextual shift away from the home range centre of gravity after the capture and release event. However, individuals converged towards the average behaviour within a relatively short space of time (between 10 days and one month). If researchers investigate questions based on the distance between successive locations of the home range, we recommend (1) initial investigation to establish when the animals start to behave normally again or (2) not using the first two to three weeks of data for their analysis. We also encourage researchers to continually adapt methods to minimize stress and prioritize animal welfare wherever possible, according to the Refinement of the Three R's.

Authors/Creators:Alm Bergvall, Ulrika and Morellet, Nicolas and Kjellander, Petter and Rauset, Geir R. and De Groeve, Johannes and Borowik, Tomasz and Gehr, Benedikt and Heurich, Marco and Hewison, A. J. Mark and Kröschel, Max and Pellerin, Maryline and Said, Sonia and Soennichsen, Leif and Sunde, Peter and Cagnacci, Francesca
Title:Settle Down! Ranging Behaviour Responses of Roe Deer to Different Capture and Release Methods
Series Name/Journal:Animals
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:11
Number:11
Article number:3299
Number of Pages:18
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2076-2615
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Zoology
Keywords:box trap, Capreolus capreolus, net drives, net trap, roe deer, 3R's
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117580
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117580
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/ani11113299
Web of Science (WoS)000807198200001
ID Code:28581
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:26 Aug 2022 08:30
Metadata Last Modified:26 Aug 2022 08:31

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