Hematology and serum chemistry reference ranges of free-ranging moose (Alces Alces) in Norway
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Original versionRostal, M. K., Evans, A., Solberg, E. J., & Arnemo, J. M. (2012). Hematology and serum chemistry reference ranges of free-ranging moose (Alces alces) in Norway. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 48(3), 548-559
Baseline reference ranges of serum chemistry and hematology data can be important indicators for the status of both individuals or populations of wild animals that are affected by emerging pathogens, toxicants, or other causes of disease. Frequently, reference ranges for these values are not available for wildlife species or subspecies. We present hematologic and serum chemistry reference ranges for moose (Alces alces) adults, yearlings, and calves in Norway sampled from 1992–2000. Additionally, we demonstrated that both induction time and chase time were correlated with initial rectal temperature, although they were not significantly correlated with cortisol, aspartate aminotransferase, glucose, or creatine kinase. Overall, the reference ranges given here are similar to those given for American moose, with a few differences that can be attributed to environment, testing methodology, or subspecies or species status. This is the first report, to our knowledge, of reference ranges for moose in Norway.
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