Using “Conservation Dogs” To Sniff Out Endangered Species For Protection

from Wildlife Promise

3 9/21/2009 // By Kevin Coyle // ,

Looking for endangered plants or animals in a large conservation area? How about using a tracking dog?

Jeremy Hance at Mongabay.com reports:

“Working Dogs for Conservation (WDC) was begun by Megan Parker in 2000: the idea, to use dogs’ impeccable scent capabilities for conservation initiatives, appears so logical and useful when Parker talks about it, one is surprised it took environmentalists so long to realize the potential of dogs.

Our mission is to benefit science and conservation by working with detection dogs. We help save wildlife by supporting conservation efforts to gather information on rare species in an accurate and non-invasive way,” explains Parker. “We train dogs to detect rare samples and they excel at finding trained target odors from endangered species scats to invasive weeds on a huge landscape.”  

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