Live capture of pest animals used in research

Research involving pest animals may require the live capture, restraint and handling of individual animals. Wild animals may try to avoid capture, handling and restraint during which they are capable of inflicting damage to themselves and their potential captors. When physical contact is necessary, the safety of animals and operators should be the primary consideration.

Capture techniques must be appropriate for the species and minimise distress and the risk of injury to the animal. Inappropriate techniques may lead to major and possibly fatal physiological disturbances.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) is a guide only; it does not replace or override the legislation that applies in the relevant State or Territory jurisdiction. The SOP should only be used subject to the applicable legal requirements (including OH&S) operating in the relevant jurisdiction.

Author Trudy Sharp, Glen Saunders & Bruce Mitchell
Year 2005
Secondary title RES001 - Threat Abatement Project 46217
Publisher Australian Government Department of the Environmen
Institution NSW Department of Primary Industries
Pages 14 pp
Notes RES001
Control method Trapping
Region Australia - national


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