Volume 29, Issue 4 (October 1984)

    Estimating the Postmortem Interval in Big Game Animals

    (Received 25 August 1983; accepted 6 March 1984)


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    Methods for estimating the time since death in big game animals are needed to identify animals that are killed during illegal periods. Currently used methods include rigor mortis, eye appearance, carcass cooling, and potassium levels in the vitreous humor. The application and limitation of each method is discussed. The current state of available methods necessitates using several criteria when estimating the postmortem interval.

    Author Information:

    Daniel Edge, W
    Wildlife research specialist, School of Forestry, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

    Stock #: JFS11782J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11782J

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    Title Estimating the Postmortem Interval in Big Game Animals
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30