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(Chaos Computer Club)   The French government has announced a plan to try and "educate" wolves to "not eat sheep"   (thelocal.fr) divider line 59
    More: Strange, French government, Don't Bother, Parisians, wolf attacks, Pyrenees  
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2013-02-08 01:06:35 PM  
Interesting note: despite popular myths to the contrary, when given a choice wolves *don't* generally hunt livestock. It's not really their natural prey, and while wolves certainly have predatory instincts, successful *hunting* is most definitely a learned skill. As such, wolves generally tend to hunt the same sorts of prey that their parents (who taught them to hunt) did. You still do get wolves attacking livestock sometimes, but (as the article notes) it's generally only a few wolves out of the population.

The caveat is that whole 'given a choice' thing. Humans, unfortunately, have a pronounced tendency to exterminate the prey species that wolves naturally hunt and then act all surprised when the wolves are forced to find alternative sources of food. In a properly balanced ecosystem where humans *haven't* wiped out vast swaths of the animals to replace them with excessive quantities of a few varieties of livestock, wolves could coexist with humans and livestock just fine.

Unfortunately, I don't expect this particular endeavor by the french to actually work. While it *is* possible to scare wolves away from human areas by continually harassing them if they get too adventurous (which also reinforces their natural and healthy fear of humans), at least during the yellowstone wolf reintroduction if a wolf got too used to preying on livestock they generally had to shoot it to get it to stop. Thankfully, as noted, in an area with a healthy population of prey species most wolves will stick to them and leave livestock alone.
2013-02-08 01:13:05 PM  
And leave girls wearing red hoods alone.
2013-02-08 01:45:39 PM  
2013-02-08 01:46:00 PM  
I think they have to ensure they speak French first.
2013-02-08 01:48:34 PM  

WordsnCollision: I suggest the old bait & switch...

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Wolf 1: Hey, some of those sheep taste like bacon!
Wolf 2: Wow, really?!
2013-02-08 02:16:43 PM  

2013-02-08 03:23:51 PM  
Sheep are friends. Not food.
2013-02-09 12:36:05 AM  
Ken Ramirez, head trainer at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, trained the sharks to not eat the other fish, explaining it like this - predators are very energy efficient. Ok lazy., You offer them easy food elsewhere and they turn into teenagers freeloading with no reason to get a job. He was called in and successfully helped train wild seals to change their feeding habits. The guy is a bit of a genius.
So his 800+ page book that tells how it works a tad better than my one paragraph.

/and I was so proud when I got my dog to keep the biscuit on his nose.
2013-02-09 11:51:51 AM  
There was a meeting with some sheep ranchers and local citizens concerning coyotes killing sheep, and the need for a cull. One overdressed fat lady suggested "A humane alternative would be to give vasectomies to the dominant males."
A grizzled rancher said "Pardon me, ma'am. Those coyotes are eatin' my sheep. They ain't farkin' them to death."
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