Aversive conditioning is simply creating a very negative experience for the offending animal, hoping that the negative experience will outweigh the positive rewards offered by the nuisance activity.
In addition to aversive conditioning, Nuisance Wildlife Aversive Conditioning Biotechs:
The Nuisance Wildlife Aversive Conditioning Bio-techs will transcribe nuisance wildlife calls from the Nuisance Wildlife Hotline (540.999.3490, option #3) and enter the data into a park-wide database. They will also conduct Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance and opportunistic sampling of road-killed deer.
Staff will perform aversive conditioning on nuisance black bear and beggar deer, primarily. Most of their work will occur in developed areas or along Skyline Drive. They will use the most light-handed technique possible to achieve the desired response (fear of humans) in the nuisance animal. Aversive conditioning works by establishing dominance over the nuisance animal. This works best when it is employed when an animal is in an early lingering mode or has just started to get conditioned to human food.
For more information, contact:Rolf Gubler