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Swiss design anti-wolf collar for sheep

[large thumbnail url=”swiss-design-anti-wolf-collar-for-sheep” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”14″] [thumbnail icon url=”swiss-design-anti-wolf-collar-for-sheep” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”14″] Alpine wolves may soon be running scared from Swiss mountain sheep if a new high-tech protection collar manages to reach the production line.

A Swiss student and a well-known wolf expert have joined forces to start developing a device that can monitor a sheep’s pulse and then release a powerful repellent to scare off a predator in the event of an attack.

“Our project is still in its preliminary phase,” explained Fabien Matter, a student of infotronics [analogue and digital electronics, combined with computer technology] at the University of Applied Sciences for Western Switzerland, based in Sion, canton Valais.

“But we should have a first prototype collar in March 2011 that can set off a repel system due to higher cardiac activity,” the 28-year-old engineering student told swissinfo.ch.

The experimental protection device works by monitoring a sheep’s pulse and checking when it gets too high, resulting from the stress of a wolf attack…

Read the entire article on swissinfo.ch: Swiss design anti-wolf collar for sheep

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