Chemical immobilisation of a Eurasian Lynx Lynx lynx (Linnaeus, 1758) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) with ketamine-dexmedetomidine mixture in Ladakh, India

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Animesh Talukdar
Pankaj Raina


Limited information is available regarding the ecology and conservation of the Eurasian Lynx Lynx lynx in the Himalaya. We report the first rescue and chemical immobilisation of a Eurasian Lynx in Ladakh, India. A female individual was successfully immobilized intramuscularly with a mixture of ketamine Hcl and dexmedetomidine using a dose rate of 5 mg/kg body weight and 0.03 mg/kg body weight, respectively. Dexmedomidine was antagonised with atepamezole through intramuscular route. The current information on the drug mixture does not account for variations within sub-populations for intrinsic or external factors and needs dedicated studies with large sample sizes and different drug mixtures.

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