6EV315 Chemical and physical capture of Scandinavian Mammals


Learning outcomes

A student with fulfilled qualifications will have the following learning outcome:



  • has an advanced knowledge and understanding of the types of capture methods used for mammals of the world, with emphasis on Scandinavian species
  • has thorough knowledge of the relevant physiology and pharmacology when capturing large mammals
  • has thorough knowledge of the factors that must be considered for choosing capture methods, the legal aspects of capturing animals in Scandinavia, response to emergency situations and safety of field workers



  • can deal critically with various methods for choosing what type of capture methods to implement in common situations in Scandinavia
  • is able to perform record-keeping and basic monitoring during anesthesia
  • is able to analyze and critically discuss existing theories and dart-projecting systems and under which circumstances particular equipment is preferred
  • is able to explain the course of action required for human exposure to capture drugs
  • can carry out an independent limited research project under supervision with applicable norms for research ethics

General competence:


  • has acquired the ability to safely participate in captures, evaluate methods used and to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of captures
  • can analyze relevant academic professional and research ethical problems
  • can communicate extensive independent work on master language and terminology of chemical and physical capture of large mammals in Scandinavia


Course content

Physiology and pharmacology as relevant for wildlife captures, drugs used for wildlife capture, anesthesia monitoring techniques and dealing with common emergencies, principles of physical restraint, safety for capture personnel, important diseases and short and long term concerns related to capture.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Teaching and working methods

Lectures, seminars and exercises. Generally lectures will be in the morning, with practical sessions in the afternoon

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

Coursework requirements

Practical exercises have required attendance (alternatives are possible if agreed on before the exercises). Some exercises may require attendance at the relevant lectures before participating.  



Home assignment
Grading according to ECTS-system on scale A-E for passed and F for failed.

Tillatte hjelpemidler til eksamen

Use of external resources is allowed for the exam.