31 Aug '11, 2pm

Will Putting "Smart Collars" On Wild Animals Reduce Human-Animal Conflict? via @jaymiheimbuch

Learning About Animals To Reduce Conflicts Last night I watched a documentary on the conflict between wolves overflowing from Yellowstone and cattle ranchers in Montana, and the struggle to find some sort of balance so that both can coexist. A range of strategies were employed, from "hazing" wolves getting too close to herds with beanbags and rubber bullets, to having range riders provide a human presence with the herds that would keep wolves focused on elk, not cows. However, the struggle continues, and it is a deadly serious one -- which makes the question this "smart collar" poses even more interesting: Could a high tech collar revolutionize the way we interact with and manage wildlife, teaching us more about the animals than we'd ever hoped for? Just before the wolf documentary, I watched a brown bear documentary (I know, I know....nerdy but I won't apologize for it), ...

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