First successful capture and satellite tracking of a West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) in Panama: feasibility of capture and telemetry techniques

Daniel Gonzalez-Socoloske, Leon D. Olivera-Gómez, James P. Reid, Carlos Espinoza-Marin, Kherson E. Ruiz, Kenneth E. Glander

Abstract


It is currently unknown how important the Central American countries south of Belize are as a link between manatee populations in the north (Belize and Mexico) and populations in South America. Therefore, apart from knowing where manatees are found, it is important to understand how manatees are using these habitats and if they are moving between countries or distinct population centers. Here we report the results of a multi-national and multiinstitutional collaboration resulting in the first successful capture and satellite tracking of a West Indian manatee in southern Central America


Keywords


Telemetry; Manatee; Baiting; Capture; Habitat use; Movements

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