Nelson Institute research showcases the benefits of non-lethal livestock protection method

January 3, 2019

New research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies suggests that flashing lights may successfully protect livestock in the Andean plateau from predators such as Puma.

Led by Nelson Institute postdoctoral researcher, Omar Ohrens, a member of professor Adrian Treves’ Carnivore Coexistence Lab within the Nelson Institute, the research took place over a four-month period during which Ohrens worked with indigenous Aymara people in Chile to experiment with anti-predator lights. Ohrens’ findings were published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on January 3, 2019.

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Puma track recorded near the participating farm land within the Volcán Isluga National Park. Photo by Omar Ohrens