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Conditioned Taste Aversion: A behavioral Solution to the Behavioral Aspects of Predator-Prey Conflicts
July 3, 2019
The Problem from a behavioral perspective: Recently released endangered predators are being killed because they are attracted to scent and other cues of aggregated domestic livestock.
Conditioned Taste Aversion (CTA) is a powerful and lasting form of learning that converts preferred food cues into aversive stimuli. It is “Conditioned Disgust”, resulting in predators avoiding live target prey from a distance because target prey are no longer attractive.
Author(s): Lowell Nicolaus, Dan Moriarty
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