Necropsy Training for Vermont Moose Mortality Study

Program Update: Necropsy Training for Vermont Moose Mortality Study

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department


In late January a special necropsy refresher training session was provided to the individuals most likely to respond to collared moose mortality events in the first year of Vermont’s moose study.  A very ripe hit-by-car moose calf was the specimen and in spite of some areas that were too devitalized, emphasizing the important points was possible. A moose calf mortality in mid-March near Norton Vermont provided another opportunity for training in anatomy, necropsy techniques and tissue handling. This calf died without trauma, and was in fresh condition so the value (and working conditions, in spite of heavy snow) for those present was much greater.