Treatment of foot rot in free-ranging mouflon (Ovis gmelini musimon) populations—does it make sense?

Abstract

Prevalence and incidence of foot rot disease in free-ranging and captive bovine wild ruminant populations are increasing worldwide. Even species in which the disease has not been described in the past are presently affected by the co-working pathogens Dichelobacter nodosus and Fusobacterium necrophorum. This paper discusses disease control measures and the expense for a successful treatment of affected populations of mouflon. The rationale and perspectives of treating foot rot disease in wild mouflons are discussed.

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Our sincere thanks go to the many people that helped during the fieldwork. The study was authorized by the hunting and veterinary authorities in the federal states Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz and complied with the current laws in Germany.

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Volmer, K., Hecht, W., Weiß, R. et al. Treatment of foot rot in free-ranging mouflon (Ovis gmelini musimon) populations—does it make sense?. Eur J Wildl Res 54, 657–665 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10344-008-0192-9

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Keywords

  • Mouflon
  • Disease control
  • Transmissible disease
  • Treatment protocol