Deceptive smells

Deceptive smells

Shore-nesting wrybill. Credit: Imogen, Adobe Photo Stock

It’s not only humans who can be fooled with misinformation to change their choices. Animals can be tricked too, it seems – and when used with good intentions, fake cues might help conservation initiatives without resorting to lethal culling. 

By spraying pheromones at nesting sites in New Zealand weeks before native birds arrived there, scientists report in the journal Science Advances that they could discourage introduced mammals from preying on the chicks.


Published by Cosmos.

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