Serum chemistry of wild, free-ranging mountain lions (Puma concolor) in the eastern Sierra Nevada, California, USA

Vernon C. Bleich, Becky M. Pierce, Jeffrey T. Villepique, Holly B. Ernest

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Abstract

We report descriptive statistics and reference intervals for serum chemistry from 43 unique mountain lions captured in the eastern Sierra Nevada, California, for ecological or genetic investigations during 1993-2004. We tested for differences between males and females, and winter (when mule deer [Odocoileus hemionus] were most abundant in diets) and summer (when smaller prey were more common in diets). Differences in direct bilirubin and total protein occurred between the sexes, whereas seasonal differences occurred in CO2, A/G ratio, Ca and, again, direct bilirubin. Subjects that were bayed with hounds and captured after short chases exhibited lower levels of creatine kinase than those captured using other methods or that had been pursued long distances. Retrospective comparisons with previously published information also revealed differences in mean levels of Na, cholesterol, and creatine kinase among mountain lions captured after baying with hounds in those independent investigations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-86
Number of pages15
JournalCalifornia Fish and Game
Volume105
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Comparative biochemistry
  • Cougar
  • Geographic variation
  • Mountain lion
  • Puma
  • Puma concolor
  • Reference interval
  • Serum chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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