|Title:||Analysis of 19 Minerals and Cortisol in Red Deer Hair in Two Different Areas of the Stelvio National Park: A Preliminary Study|
|Authors:||Montillo, Marta (Author)|
Peric, Tanja (Author)
|Files:|| animals-09-00492-v2.pdf (2,10 MB)|
|Work type:||Not categorized (r6)|
|Tipology:||1.01 - Original Scientific Article|
|Organization:||UNG - University of Nova Gorica|
|Abstract:||The aim of the study was to perform an investigation on the concentration of 19 minerals and
cortisol in red deer (Cervus elaphus) hair, a matrix that is easy to collect with non-invasive and painless
sampling, able to represent an integrative values of long-term substance concentrations, and able to
give useful information, also when performed on dead animals, given its extreme stability over time.
In the study thirty-five animals were included, coming from two different sides of a valley in the Stelvio
National Park, where official water analysis had pointed out elevated concentrations of As in one of the
two orographic sides. Hair cortisol concentrations were measured using a RIA(Radio Immuno Assay),
while minerals were detected using ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma- Mass Spectrometry).
Results showed a negative relationship between cortisol and some mineral concentrations (Li,
Co, As, Cd, Cr and Tl) and significant differences in some mineral concentrations between park
areas (Al, Co, Cu, Cd and Ni). As, Cr and cortisol differences approached statistical significance.
This preliminary study represents a step forward in the study of wildlife allostatic load and a valid
method for applications in wildlife management programs, in environmental studies and in public
|Keywords:||hair, deer, mineral, cortisol|
|Year of publishing:||2019|
|Number of pages:||15|
This work is available under this license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International
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