Animal vocalizations and scent marks transmit more complex information than expected. These cues are the basis for territorial behavior as neighbors assess whether to invade or maintain their boundary. We know from previous research that lions can count the roars of 'intruders' to assess whether to approach and defend their territory or to keep a safe distance. Yet, similar studies have not been carried out with wolves, nor have long term scent marking studies. These ideas are the foundation of our work to use scent and vocalizations to keep wolves and other predators out of high conflict areas with ranchers.
CLAWS is in the early stages of developing our wolf conflict program. Please contact us if you would like to hear more or get involved!