Boise, Id – Researchers say loudspeakers or dog shock collars could resolve problems with wolves before ranchers resort to bullets.
In the past three years, at least 30 wolves have been killed or removed around the Sawtooth National Recreation Area because of conflicts with livestock.
Now research from the Department of Agriculture shows radio-activated guard boxes blaring loud noises often scare off wolves and keep the animals from preying on livestock.
The boxes play loud noises when radio-collared wolves come too close. But wolves can learn to ignore the sounds.
Additional research shows fitting wolves with special shock collars like those used to train dogs can also help protect livestock.