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Tooth Extractions From
Live-captured White-tailed Deer

Michael E. Nelson


Abstract: Most researchers of odocoilene deer do not extract teeth from live-captured deer for aging. I describe how to extract incisorform teeth from white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), a simple procedure requiring <5 minutes. After removing canines from 343 live-captured deer, of which 26 were recaptured in the same winter and 29 others a mean of 3 years later, I observed no resulting complication.

Key words: aging, Odocoileus virginianus, tooth extraction, white-tailed deer


This resource is based on the following source (Northern Prairie Publication 1128):
Nelson, Michael E.  2001.  Tooth extractions from live-captured white-
     tailed deer.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 29(1):245-247.

This resource should be cited as:

Nelson, Michael E.  2001.  Tooth extractions from live-captured white-
     tailed deer.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 29(1):245-247.  Jamestown, 
     ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/mammals/toothext/index.htm
     (Version 13NOV2001).

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Michael E. Nelson, Biological Resources Division, United States Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, 8711 37th St. SE, Jamestown, ND 58401-7317, USA.  E-Mail: Michael_Nelson@usgs.gov.  Present address: North Central Research Station, 1992 Folwell Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108, USA.
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