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Wild Dog Urine May Be Used as "Fences" in Africa

Hey, this really is a picture of a wild dog in Botswana, I'm just a crappy photographerThe African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), is in serious trouble, largely because its instinct to roam widely keeps bringing it into lethal contact with humans. Now researchers are hoping to keep the dog from wandering where they are not wanted by using wild dog urine samples. The urine scent marks would be used in the same way the dogs use urine to demarcate their territory.

Demarcate here.

And yes, that blur on the picture is a wild dog in Botswana, taken in 2001 on our "No Brains, No Money" Wild Dog Tour. What does wild dog urine have to do with anything? Beats me, I just think wild dogs are cool.

March 23, 2004 in africa, animals, Travel | Permalink