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Continuing investigative study of infection status of European Hares (under special observance of deseased and dead Hares) in Schleswig-Holstein, 2019

Project data

Projekt leader: Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert
Scientific work: Marcus Fähndrich
Project term: January 2019 until December 2019
Cooperationspartner: Wildtierkataster Schleswig-Holstein (INR-CAU)
National Hunting Association Schleswig-Holstein (LJV S.-H.) e.V.
Sponsorship: Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment and Digitalisation, Schleswig-Holstein

Projectdescription

 

In Schleswig-Holstein hunters have observed an increase of sick and dead European Brown Hares for several years. Because of this, we investigated hunted hares from selected hunting grounds in 2016 and 2017, as well as deceased hares from all over Schleswig-Holstein in 2017 for infectious diseases as a potential reason for the population decline. In 2018 hunters still reported increased numbers of diseased and dead hares.

Results from the earlier studies indicate especially pathological alterations in the digestive tract, an increased parasitological burden and a high seroprevalence of lagovirus. Nevertheless these results are just indicators and need further years of investigation for final interpretation. In 2019 we continue this study and include even more hunting grounds. Together with the hunters, we will sample the hares during the hunting time in each hunting ground and will perform post-mortem examinations including pathohistological, virological, parasitological and microbiological investigations. As in 2017, we will include deceased hares collected during the whole year to get additional data from other seasons and more peracute diseases.

The results will be evaluated together with the National Hunting Association Schleswig-Holstein and the INR-CAU and further investigation strategies respectively preventive measures will be developed. This project contributes to the advancement in preventive protection of public health and food safety.

 

 

European Hares (Lepus europaeus) Photo: ITAW, Ulrich Voigt

Contact person

Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research

Werftstr. 6

25761 Büsum

 

Marcus Fähndrich

Tel.: +49 511 856-8154

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Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
Werftstr. 6
25761 Büsum
Kontakt
Tel.:+49 511 856-8154
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