Noninvasive monitoring of female reproductive hormone metabolites in the endangered European mink (Mustela lutreola).

@article{Nagl2015NoninvasiveMO,
  title={Noninvasive monitoring of female reproductive hormone metabolites in the endangered European mink (Mustela lutreola).},
  author={Astrid Nagl and Nadja Kneidinger and Kairi Kiik and Heli Lindeberg and Tiit Maran and Franz Schwarzenberger},
  journal={Theriogenology},
  year={2015},
  volume={84 9},
  pages={
          1472-81
        }
}
This study examined the reproductive physiology of female European mink (Mustela lutreola) to augment the available information on estrus, ovulation, and pregnancy with the long-term goal of supporting ex situ breeding management of this highly endangered species. Fecal reproductive hormone metabolites were measured using EIAs for estrogen and 20-oxo-pregnane metabolites. Seasonal hormone profiles were established. A comparison of hormone fluctuations in pregnant and nonpregnant females showed… CONTINUE READING