AN EVALUATION OF MANDIBULAR MARROW FAT AS AN INDICATOR OF CONDITION IN MOOSE
The availability of mandibles from hunter killed moose and the growing awareness of the importance of fall condition led to the investigation of mandibular marrow fat as an indicator of fall condition in moose. There was a strong correlation between mandibular marrow fat and femur marrow fat. Mandibular marrow fat reflected the expected lower condition of post-rut adult males. The marrow fat from mandibles was lower in fall shot yearlings and male calves following a severe winter and short growing season. Male calves and male yearlings had shorter diastemas following a severe winter and shorter growing season. It was concluded that the marrow fat from mandibles is a valid fat measurement for determining fall condition.
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