Research involving pest animals may require the reliable identification of individual animals. Where possible, researchers should make use of natural identifying marks. However, the majority of species require the application of some form of identifying mark or tag. A variety of techniques is available and includes temporary, semi-permanent and permanent markers. The type of marker used should be selected to minimise distress and cause the least interference with the normal functioning of the animal.
Restraint and handling techniques must be appropriate for the species and minimise distress and the risk of injury to the animal. Improper restraint 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|
|Secondary title||RES004 - Threat Abatement Project 46217|
|Publisher||Australian Government Department of the Environmen|
|Institution||NSW Department of Primary Industries|
|Region||Australia - national|
Marking of pest animals used in research [270 kb PDF]