Giving jaguars ‘food poisoning’ may stop them from killing livestock

Giving jaguars ‘food poisoning’ may stop them from killing livestock

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Jaguar attacks on pets and farm animals are a common problem, but after developing a drug-induced stomach ache, the big cats seem to learn not to kill certain animals

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre

Jaguars can be trained to avoid certain kinds of meat

Alan Tunnicliffe/Moment RF/Getty Images

Jaguars have been trained to dislike the taste of cattle, sheep and dogs by feeding them tainted meat, suggesting a way to spare the lives of both domestic animals and the predators that prey on them.

An endangered species, jaguars roam freely under wildlife protection laws in Mexico and parts of Central and South America. But their attacks on livestock and pets have led to illegal shootings by angry owners.

By treating meat with high doses of deworming medication and wrapping …

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