For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Acts 20:29
GENEVA, Switzerland — Using sheep to alert shepherds of an imminent wolf attack by text message might sound fanciful, but testing is already under way in Switzerland where the predator appears to be back.
“It’s the first time that such a system has been tried outdoors,” said biologist Jean-Marc Landry, who took part in testing on a Swiss meadow this week.
In the trial, reported by the country’s news agency ATS, around 10 sheep were each equipped with a heart monitor before being targeted by a pair of Wolfdogs — both of which were muzzled.
During the experiment, the change in the flock’s heartbeat was found to be significant enough to imagine a system whereby the sheep could be fitted with a collar that releases a repellant to drive the wolf away, while also sending an SMS to the shepherd.
The device is aimed at owners of small flocks who lack the funds to keep a sheepdog, Landry said, adding that it could also be used in tourist areas where guard dogs are not popular.
A prototype collar is expected in the autumn and testing is planned in Switzerland and France in 2013. Other countries including Norway are said to be interested.
The issue of wolves is a divisive one in Switzerland where the animals appear to be back after a 100-year absence.
On July 27 a wolf killed two sheep in St Gall, the first such attack in the eastern canton.
And while that was going on in Switzerland. Look what was going on in my neighborhood recently - as if we didn't have enough wolves around here:
Us sheep need to learn the sound of the wolf. Take a listen here. BTW, my cat actually came up to my chair and put her front paws on the arm of the chair to see what was going on. I'm playing it again and she's looking disturbed. May we all be disturbed at the sound of a wolf.
The haunting howl of the wolf Feeding the haunting, almost mystical perception of the wolf, is its howl. It can be heard deep into the night, and is often associated with danger in the human psyche. Hunters that have encountered the wolf are often struck by the intelligence in its eyes. It has been said, -"a wolf takes your stare and turns it back on you". The Bella Coola Indians believe that someone tried to change all the animals into men, but succeeded in making human, only the eyes of the wolf. The deadly stare of the wolf has made cowards of many brave men.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has captured video of a wolf pup howling with other members of its pack in northeastern Oregon.
The department posted the video on its website.
It shows a pup by itself in a forested area. Its howls are answered by other wolves in the distance.
Department spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy says the video was captured by a biologist on July 25.
The pup is a member of the Snake River pack, which was first observed in October in the Snake River wildlife management unit, which borders Idaho and includes the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and Wilderness.
Dennehy says biologists on Thursday successfully fitted the first member of the pack with a radio-tracking collar.
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