Wolves' Senses Tapped to Keep Them Clear of Cattle

Monday, January 30, 2012

North County Times — Wildlife managers are running out of options when it comes to helping Mexican gray wolves overcome hurdles that have thwarted reintroduction into their historic range in the Southwest.

Harassment and rubber bullets haven't worked, so they're trying something new — a food therapy that has the potential to make the wolves queasy enough to never want anything to do with cattle again.

As in people, the memories associated with eating a bad meal are rooted in the brain stem, triggered any time associated sights and smells pulse their way through the nervous system. (Full Story)

Daniel Moriarty, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of San Diego. He also serves as director and animal behaviorist at the California Wolf Center.

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