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Prehistoric reindeer hunting in the southern Norwegian highlands
Contributor(s):: Sveinung Bang-Andersen
In contrast to the European alpine areas and lowland plains, where Rangifer tarandus L. became extinct during the final Late Glacial, the species has survived in a wild state in relatively unchanged natural environments in parts of the southern Norwegian highlands. As a consequence, reindeer...
Understanding Guide Dog Team Interactions: Design Opportunities to Support Work and Play
Contributor(s):: Sabrina Hauser, Ron Wakkary, Carman Neustaedter
The visually impaired have been a longstanding and wellrecognized user group addressed in the field of Human- Computer Interaction (HCI). Recently, the study of sighted dog owners and their pets has gained interest in HCI. Despite this, there is a noticeable gap in the field with regards to...
Healing Therapy: A New Role for Man's Best Friend (Report of June 12, 2014 Conference)
This is the summary of the second conference hosted by the Bob Woodward Foundation on the potential use of service dogs to treat Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The first was held in December of 2013.The Executive SummaryOn June 12, 2014,...
Healing Therapy: A New Role for Man's Best Friend (Report of December 4, 2013 Conference)
This is the report summarizing presentations and discussions at the December 4, 2013 conference hosted jointly by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the National Intrepid Center for Excellence (NICoE; associated with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, located in Bethesda, MD). The conclusions...
Helping Client Manage the Aggressive Dog
Contributor(s):: Julia Albright
Our Pet Population Explosion and Operation SPARED
Contributor(s):: Kay Clausing
All humane societies are dedicated to preventing cruelty and suffering. No society can effectively prevent cruelty unless it makes spaying compulsory for all females released for adoption and talks spaying to every owner of a female. Even if the home is a good one in every other respect, if a...
"Nobody Wants to Eat Them Alive:" Ethical Dilemmas and Dual Media Narratives on Domestic Rabbits as Pets and Commodity
Contributor(s):: Gayane F. Torosyan, Brian Lowe
Using semiotic analysis, this study explores changes occurring in the societal perception of rabbits as farm animals as juxtaposed to their increasing popularity as domestic companions. This study is based on a preliminary hypothesis that rabbits are increasingly perceived and portrayed in media...
Proceedings of the first International Conference on Veterinary Behavioural Medicine
Contributor(s):: Daniel Mills, S.E. Heath, L.J. Harrington
This collection of papers is the Proceedings of the First International Conference on Veterinary Behavioural Medicine which was held, under the auspices of the Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy Study Group and the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology, in Birmingham UK on the 1st and...
Cats and the law: aspects of the co-authored research undertaken for International CatCare
Contributor(s):: Diane Ryland
This research was initially commissioned by the Feline Advisory Bureau, now International CatCare, and has resulted in both a Research Report and Plain English Guide on Cats and the Law, co-author Dr Angus Nurse, Middlesex University.
Clinical animal behaviour models of stereotypic behaviour and underlying cognition
Contributor(s):: Daniel Mills
Bizarre repetitive behaviour may be quite common, with estimates in people and dogs of a prevalence of up to 8%. Whereas these are often considered important indicators of mental health problems in people, in companion animals, many owners view these behaviours as "quirky" or even...
Animal Shelter Programs and Policies
Contributor(s):: Edwin J. Sayres
A discussion of policies and programs that, ideally, should be followed by humane societies in the operation of shelters and the limitations that are imposed by finances, local circumstances, and other factors is a substantial undertaking. I would like, first, to give you some background...
Zinc phosphide rodenticide reduces cotton rat populations in Florida sugarcane
Contributor(s):: Nicholas R. Holler, David G. Decker
Rodents cause extensive damage to sugarcane (Saccharum spp. hybrids) in southern Florida (Samol 1972). Losses have been estimated as high as $235/ha (Lefebvre et al. 1978). Cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus) and roof rats (Rattus rattus) are responsible for most of the damage (Holler et al. 1981)....
Cougar predation on livestock in New Mexico, January 1983 through June 1984
Contributor(s):: Gary A. Littauer, Ronald J. White
A telephone survey was conducted in which the objective was to obtain information from the entire population of livestock producers in New Mexico who had losses to cougars (Felis concolor) in 1983 and the first six months of 1984. A total of 103 ranchers reported losses in 1983 and 60 reported...
A novel strategy for pocket gopher control
Contributor(s):: Michael E.R. Godfrey
Current techniques for the control of pocket gophers use traps, fumigants or toxic baits. Trapping and fumigation are labor intensive and seldom effective in giving more than short-term relief. Toxic baiting usually uses baits that are rapidly degraded and although the resident gopher may be...
Plastic visual barriers were ineffective at reducing recolonization rates of prarie dogs
Contributor(s):: Scott E. Hygnstrom
Two plastic visual barriers were ineffective in controlling expansion of 7 active black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) colonies and recolonization of 7 toxicant-treated sections of colonies. Barriers constructed with Sno-Strap, a 15.2- cm wide band of high-tensile polyethylene plastic,...
Coyote attacks: An increasing suburban problem
Contributor(s):: Robert M. Timm, Rex O. Baker, Joe R. Bennett, Craig C. Coolahan
Coyote attacks on humans and pets have increased within the past 5 years in California. We discuss documented occurrences of coyote aggression and attacks on people, using data from USDA Wildlife Services, the California Department of Fish & Game, and other sources. Forty-eight such attacks on...
Animals, health and quality of life: abstract book
Horses as healers
Contributor(s):: Adams, C. L.
Challenges of service dog ownership
Animal welfare: Proceedings of the Animal Welfare Sessions, 24th World Veterinary Congress, Rio de Janeiro, 1991
Probably as a sign of the times, the World Veterinary Association's Animal Welfare Committee has published its conference proceedings for the first time. The papers cover the topic from most angles: ethology, legislation, laboratory animal welfare, transport of animals, public policy, human and...