Powerful LED lights may be the answer to end some human-wildlife conflicts and save predators, leopards and lions.
When Fauna Tomlinson told us that simple lights were saving wildlife we of course were curious. Based on the information provided by Fauna one of our volunteers got to work.
Really? Lights That Keep Predators Away!
From a remote village straddling the Himalayas to the rugged, forbidding mountains in central Asia to everyday farmers’ backyards the Solar Predator Guard Light Deterrent and Foxlights have shown great upcoming success. Both of these lights are used to scare away animals from gardens, corrals, coops, and just about any fenced in area with other animals or plants living inside that could be at danger from predators during the night. They are also saving the lives of the predators’ as it is a more humane way of dealing with these animals than trapping, poisoning or killing them.
Could this be ‘the’ human-wildlife conflict solution?
The Solar Predator Guard Light Deterrent has two powerful LED lights that provide a half mile range of protection on open, flat ground and a line of vision of eight-hundred feet across. These lights impersonate the glowing eyes of other animals. There are two different mounting options, a Gang mount or a Perimeter mount. A Gang mount is a single, square post where four lights are secured on each side pointing in a different direction. A Perimeter mount is where these lights are placed around all sides of a garden, coop, pen or an enclosure. At only about $25 each, these solar-powered units automatically charge themselves and turn itself “on” in the night and “off” during the day. This light is completely weatherproof and will function under all weather conditions whether it is below zero temperatures, ice, snow, rain, high-heat or humidity, the Predator Guard Solar Light is dependable year in and year out!
Contrarily to the Solar Predator Guard Light Deterrent that has two red powerful LED lights that are constantly glowing, Foxlights give the illusion that someone is walking around the area with a flashlight, thus keeping the predators away. Although these lights run around about $90, they have nine LED bulbs that vary in blue and white flashing lights with fluctuating time sequences. This will frighten any animals that are smart enough to know that a regular flashing light is just that, a light, and is no harm. Foxlights operate with a six volt battery that lasts up to twelve months of non-stop protection in any condition. The light in this device is projected a full three-hundred-sixty degrees and can be seen for a distance of a mile.
Although the Solar Predator Guard Light Deterrent and Foxlights have many differences they also have many similarities. A main similarity being they both have the same end goal; to keep predators’ out and away from plants or livestock. Recently both these devices have shown success in conserving snow leopards in Nepal and are hoped to show the same accomplishment of conserving other predators elsewhere. Both of these gadgets appear to be viable solutions with a “bright” future in saving predators and their prey all around the world.
Contributed by Nikela Volunteer Emily Hacker