Development of SOPs and a training package for the field immobilisation of large herbivores in Judas control programs

Lead researcher: Andrew Woolnough, Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, andrew.woolnough@depi.vic.gov.au
Project conducted by Department of Agriculture and Food WA

The project was divided into two stages:

Stage 1: The objective of the first stage was to develop a standard operating procedure for the field immobilisation of feral donkeys and feral camels. The development of the SOPs required assessment, testing and documenting the appropriate drug regime for the humane, safe and efficient immobilisation of large feral herbivores (specifically feral camels and donkeys). Once developed, the SOPs contributed to the work of NSW DPI and the Vertebrate Pests Committee (VPC). Furthermore, the testing component for feral donkeys and camels will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Stage 2: The objective of the second stage was to develop and implement a training package to ensure that field operatives are competent to immobilise donkeys or camels for Judas control programs. The training package will be developed based on the SOPs. Once developed, the training will be delivered to field operatives in both South and Western Australia. The content of the training package will be made available to other jurisdictions.

The following paper was published as a result of this work:

Boardman, S.J., Lethbridge, M.R., Hampton, J.O., Smith, I., Woolnough, A.P., McEwen, M., Miller, G.W.J. & Caraguel, C.G.B. (in press). Evaluation of medetomidine-ketamine and medetomidine-ketamine-butorphanol for the field anesthesia of free ranging dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) in Australia. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. October 2014, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp. 873-882

This project was funded under the Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP).
For more APARP projects, visit: www.pestsmart.org.au/australian-pest-animal-research-program/

Secondary title APARP Report
Author Andrew Woolnough, Mark Lethbridge, Jordan Hampton, Wayne Broadman, Ken Rose, Susan Campbell and Trudy Sharp
Year 2011
Publisher Departmart of Agriculture and Food, WA
Pages 35
Control method Judas Technique
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