GOATS are more scared of cats than dogs.A Queensland university student made the discovery after choosing the perfume of poo as her unusual PHD subject.
Tarnya Cox, now a research officer with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, was trying to discover ways of controlling feral goats.
The capture and sale of feral goats are an important cash crop in outback NSW and Queensland during drought but they can be a pest at other times.
They are estimated to cause damage across the pastoral country costing $25 million a year.
The live goat export industry is almost worth $100 million annually.
Ms Cox and her research team were trying to find a "non-lethal'' form of management for the goats using "predator odours''.
They used fecal samples from a lion, tiger and a dingo to try discover which impacted the goats the most.
"Dingo fecal odor was found not to be an effective deterrent for goats,'' Ms Cox said.
"Tiger fecal odor affected goat movement patterns, which resulted in a shift away from the test area.
"The use of both lion and tiger fecal odors resulted in test animals moving their resting sites away from the test areas.
"These results show that both lion and tiger fecal odors can be used to manipulate resource use by goats by affecting grazing patterns and shifting goat resting sites.''