Mortality and morbidity associated with gunshot in ...

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Title Mortality and morbidity associated with gunshot in raptorial birds from the province of Quebec: 1986 to 2007
Author(s) M. Desmarchelier, A. Santamaria-Bouvier, G. Fitzgérald, S. Lair
Journal Canadian Veterinary Journal
Date 2010
Volume 51
Issue 1
Start page 70
End page 74
Abstract Although raptors have been protected for decades in Quebec they are still regular victims of poaching. The objective of this study was to characterize cases of raptor shootings in Quebec over the last 2 decades. We reviewed clinical files, radiographs, and pathology reports on 4805 free-flying birds of prey admitted to the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire between 1986 and 2007. Evidence of gunshots was detected in 6.4% of the birds. Large species, such as ospreys, turkey vultures, snowy owls, and bald eagles represented the most frequently targeted species. The percentage of shot birds has decreased from 13.4% during 1991 to 1992 to 2.2% in 2006 to 2007. Potential reasons for this trend include a decrease in the presence of firearms in raptor habitats and changes in human attitude towards raptorial birds.

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