Calvin Klein’s Obsession as A Feline Lure?
In a recent edition of The Wildlife Professional (Fall, 2010 p.89), a report titled “Big Cats Fall for “Obsession”” sourced from The Wildlife Conservation Society explains how men’s fragrance “Obsession for Men” has been found to be highly effective in luring large cats. It’s use at the Bronx Zoo found that trees sprayed with the fragrance were highly attractive to cheetahs. Cheetahs spent over 11 minutes rubbing trees sprayed with the product and only 10 minutes for trees sprayed with Nina Ricci’s “L’Air du Temps” and only 15 seconds for Revlon’s “Charlie.”
Researchers in Guatamala have also used “Obsession for Men” to lure wild cats (Jaguars) successfully, finding it is 3x more effective than other lures in bringing cats to photo traps.
The article said “Obsession for Men” costs 60 dollars for 4 ounces which I have confirmed in a web search. You may find lower prices but look carefully at the ounces as the product is also sold in 2.5 ounce bottles.
My question is “Will it work on free-range house cats?” which everyone knows are an environmental menace.
Stephen M. Vantassel’s research interests include wildlife damage management and environmental theology. His latest book is Dominion over Wildlife? An Environmental-Theology of Human-Wildlife Relations (Wipf and Stock, 2009).
Although written for a British audience, Mammal Detective is a worthy read for naturalists and wildlife observers in North America as well.
In this short text (it’s only a 128 pages), readers learn about theory and practice of wildlife observation and sign reading. Strachan begins by discussing the skills and equipment needed to “see” and interpret animal behavior from their sign by using the model of human criminal investigations. Readers are taught how to observe wildlife secretively and to appreciate that not all animals are equally observable. Strachan provides full-page line drawings to show where sign will most likely be found in three different environments (woodlands, watercourses, and fields).
Part two addresses the clues animals leave. Here Strachan explains how to identify animals by tracks, droppings, shelter, and the remains of feedings. He uses an educational technique called “Identity Parades”, which are lists and figures of key elements of animal identification, to help readers properly identify wildlife they might see in the British Isles. I think this educational method would be quite useful for authors to use in discussing American wildlife or in taking notes on their own field observations.
Aside from the splendid line drawings and easy to understand writing, this text is full of little informational gems that make the book worth the price. For example, Strachan has chapters on identification of wildlife by eye shine, hair, skulls, and teeth. His simple, not simplistic, explanations provide readers with necessary background to understand more technical texts on hair, skull, and tooth identification. While academically trained biologists may be bored, educators and the uninitiated will be grateful for the pedagogical method employed by Strachan.
Nuisance wildlife control operators will find this text useful in helping them to broaden their awareness of animal sign. I only wish the book contained tips on writing down one’s observations. Nevertheless, if you want to expand your sensitivity to wildlife sign, consider this text. It has a useful index and suggestions for further reading, even though they focus on the wildlife of the Britain.
Stephen M. Vantassel is an expert in wildlife damage management. His latest book is Dominion over Wildlife? An Environmental-Theology of Human-Wildlife Relations (Wipf and Stock, 2009).
I received this publication by Michael Koski who operates http://www.getbatsout.com sometime ago and I am finally reviewing this publication.
As the title suggests, it is a quick explanation on the management of bats written in a way for non-professionals to understand. It’s a PDF publication (meaning it can be sent via e-mail). It’s only about 48 pages long (8.5×11 inch pages). The large font size (maybe 14 point or more), photos, bibliography, and large headings, combine to make the 48 pages read like 20.
Bats scare homeowners. They worry about the cost, the risks, and the mess of feces and urine. Mr. Koski endeavors to lessen the tension by presenting information in a non-crisis manner. He openly tells readers that their bat situation is likely not serious. He walks readers through the process of identifying the presence of bats, species of bats, bat biology, bat risks before discussing control.
Unsurprisingly, he explains the pitfalls of do-it-yourself bat control and the risk of hiring unqualified bat controllers to do it for you. While cynics may consider these comments as self-serving, the fact is Mr. Koski’s advice has much merit. Homeowners with bat problems do need to properly consider their options and avoid the pitfalls Koski’s lists. Note, my agreement with some of Koski’s points is in no way to be interpreted as an endorsement of his company. I don’t know whether his company is qualified or not. I am saying, however, that his concerns are valid and worth considering. For additional tips and questions for evaluating wildlife damage management professionals visit http://icwdm.org
I also commend Mr. Koski for teaching readers how to capture lone bats and emphasizing the importance of the need to consider the potential of rabies exposure.
In sum, I believe the book contains valuable information which will benefit readers. The 35 dollar price tag (Oct 15, 2010 price) seems a bit steep to my mind, particularly when it is just a download. Nevertheless, while much of the information is available for free at the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Managmeent, it isn’t packaged as succinctly as Mr. Koski has done.So if your time is very valuable, then his booklet will certainly save you time.
Stephen M. Vantassel is a Certified Wildlife Control Professional (CWCP) with the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (http://www.nwcoa.com) and author of Dominion over Wildlife? An Environmental-Theology of Human-Wildlife Relations (Wipf and Stock, 2009).