Ultrasonic deterrent device used on dingoes

  • Published source details Edgar J., Appleby R. & Jones D. (2007) Efficacy of an ultrasonic device as a deterrent to dingoes (Canis lupus dingo): a preliminary investigation. Journal of Ethology, 25, 209-213


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Use non-lethal methods to deter carnivores from attacking humans

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Use non-lethal methods to deter carnivores from attacking humans

    A replicated, controlled study (year not stated) on captive animals in Queensland, Australia (Edgar et al. 2007) found that ultrasonic sound deterrent units, tested as potential deterrents for dingoes Canis lupus dingo, did not affect feeding location choices. Dingoes first selected bait in front of one ultrasonic unit (unit 1 of two) on 21% of occasions when it was turned on. This did not differ significantly from the 29% of occasions that unit 1 was selected first when it was turned off and unit 2 was turned on. Four captive dingoes were housed in pens, opening onto a communal area. Two ultrasonic units (Weitech Yard and Garden Protector) were positioned back to back, with 5 g of tuna in front of each. One unit (selected randomly) was turned on. Dingoes, individually in random order, were released into the communal area, and bait selection order noted. Sixty such trials were conducted.

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