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Can taste aversion therapy condition Lobos to dislike the taste of sheep?


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Can taste aversion therapy condition Lobos to dislike the taste of sheep?
Author: Auntie P.
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Reintroducing critically endangered Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) to the U.S. Southwest has never been easy. It hasn't helped that livestock owners hate the wolves.

two psychologists have an idea to ease that human–wolf conflict: teach Mexican wolves that eating sheep will make them sick, so they stop predating on livestock.

tried their idea in September 2009 with several captive Mexican gray wolves. According to a report published in the November 2010 issue of Monitor of Psychology

the researchers laced ground mutton with a nausea-inducing chemical called tiabendazole. The chemical has no taste or smell, so the wolves were not able to detect it. But after eating the contaminated meat, the sickened animals later refused to eat more sheep flesh.

article here

I don't like the idea.  Not only for the use of chemicals but IMO "hate" will find a new reason.Sad 



 

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