Last of 3 Turner Ranch "therapy" wolves killed

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Wolf Trained Not to Go Near Cattle Is Killed.

Saturday, October 27, 2001
 
One of three wolves that underwent livestock-aversion therapy on Ted Turner's ranch in Montana is released from its pen in December 2000.

Erik Petersen/The Associated Press  

   LIVINGSTON, Mont. -- The last of three wolves released after undergoing livestock "aversion therapy" on Ted Turner's ranch has been killed after it was caught eating a calf.

   Ed Bangs, wolf recovery manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, confirmed authorities killed the wolf last week after it was found feeding on the dead animal.

   "It was worth a try and that's all we ever said it was," Bangs said of the aversion program. "But I don't think we taught them a thing."

   The three adult male wolves were members of a pack with a history of killing livestock. They, along with their mother, were captured in May 2000 and enrolled in an experimental program on Turner's ranch near Gallatin Gateway.

   The animals were equipped with electronic collars intended to deliver shocks to the wolves if they approached a calf hide or live cow that were in a shared pen.

   Officials had hoped the wolves could be trained to avoid livestock, and might be able to influence other pack members to do the same once released.
 

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I guess that didn't work too well.  Aversion therapy.  Why didn't they just send them to the wolf phychologist  who could have dug into their psyche?
 

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