Bear Reproductive Histories
Hunters & Outfitters
the specimens by species. Because of size and morphology
differences, specimens of each species are processed
separately. Package specimens of each species separately.
should be packaged dry in small paper envelopes of
approximately 8 x 14 cm (coin envelopes work well).
Do not use preservative liquids, plastic bags, or
vials. Put envelopes in serial order by identification
number. Use rubber bands to bundle the envelopes together
in groups of 10 or 20 so they will remain in serial
order during transit.
an Inventory List. This list should correspond exactly
to the organization of the envelopes so technicians
can use it to confirm specimen identification at the
start of laboratory processing. The list can be on
either hard copy or diskette.
inventory list should also include species identification
of the specimens and an indication of date of kill.
Exact dates should be recorded for days between February
1 and August 31.
cementum age of an unidentified non-standard tooth
type may be incorrect because the animal's age at
the time of tooth eruption may differ from that of
the standard type. Technicians may not always recognize
a non-standard tooth, so each should be plainly designated
on both the tooth envelope and on the master inventory
specimens only in containers of the strongest cardboard
or, for small orders, in padded envelopes. Light cardboard
cartons will often be crushed and torn during postal handling.
Paper envelopes will be torn by postal service canceling
machines and the contents will by lost. Pad the shipments
with shipping "popcorn" or paper to help keep
the envelope bundles intact.
packages properly. US shipments sent by the US Postal Service
should use "PO Box 308, Milltown MT 59851" as
the shipping address. Shipment sent by other carriers such
as UPS and FedEx should use "8140 Flagler Road, Milltown
MT 59851" as the shipping address.
thanks to Richard Green, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,
Corvallis OR for permission to photograph this sample.
Matson's Laboratory LLC
PO Box 308
Milltown MT 59851
Matson's Laboratory LLC
8140 Flagler Road
Missoula MT 59802
Phone/Fax (406)258-6286 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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