Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mangy wolves

Well we did mention the Yellowstone wolves in the last lecture, and we did mention high technique techniques becoming available in ecology so I think this is nicely relevant.

Scientists in Yellowstone are using thermal imaging cameras to evaluate the condition of the wolves.

“Thermal imagery of wolves allows us to not only document the extent of hair loss caused by mange, but also to determine the actual loss of heat, and energy, associated with the different stages of infection. A great side benefit is that this is a noninvasive way to study the disease and its effects. We don’t have to capture wild wolves to do this.”


The only downside is that the thermal imaging cameras are still pretty expensive and bears have a tendency to trash them...

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