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(Chaos Computer Club)   The French government has announced a plan to try and "educate" wolves to "not eat sheep"   ( divider line
    More: Strange, French government, Don't Bother, Parisians, wolf attacks, Pyrenees  
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2488 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Feb 2013 at 10:09 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-08 09:24:13 AM  
4 votes:
"Morning, Ralph."

"Morning, Sam."
2013-02-08 11:14:48 AM  
2 votes:
I don't understand why most humans think the way they do.  When you move in on a predator's natural habitat and engage in practices that either kills or runs off its natural prey, what do you expect it to do?
2013-02-08 10:11:20 AM  
2 votes:
Here in America we educate them with a rifle.
2013-02-08 01:06:35 PM  
1 vote:
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 11:26:59 AM  
1 vote:
Well that should work about as well as the Maginot Line.

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

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Why? Are the wolves muslims?
2013-02-08 10:45:41 AM  
1 vote:
FTFA: [...]  it entails capturing individual wolves that are known to attack a local flock and then marking these bothersome predators before letting them go.

The theory is that the animal will be so traumatised by the experience that it will leave the sheep alone and instead hunt for deer, boar, rabbits and other wild animals.

 Really?  This is supposed to work?  More like, "Wow, I get captured when I go after sheep.  Maybe I should be more careful/watch out for the French government vans...."
2013-02-08 10:41:08 AM  
1 vote:
There are 250 wolves in all of France?   An area slightly smaller than Texas?

Sorry, I'm not seeing the problem.  This is like complaining about meteor strikes killing sheep instead of other, more common causes of death.
2013-02-08 10:10:22 AM  
1 vote:

lack of warmth: When are they going to educate the shepherds not to screw the sheep?

Maybe if the sheep didn't dress like hoors, there wouldn't be a problem!
2013-02-08 10:06:24 AM  
1 vote:
When are they going to educate the shepherds not to screw the sheep?
2013-02-08 09:52:36 AM  
1 vote:
You could I suppose convince them there is easier game out there, but when you get a hungry wolf, sheep look remarkably like dinner no matter how much you train them.
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