Scientists studying hard-to-find endangered species are often left with a difficult choice when it comes to locating specimens to research. They can attempt to find the animals themselves, spending hours, days, or even weeks on what can sometimes be a fruitless endeavor, or they can set traps, which are more efficient but can harm or even kill the very creatures they're attempting to save. Now, a third option is showing some serious promise, and it's all thanks to some very good dogs.
Scientists working with the Great Otway National Park in Australia are testing the use of dogs as helpers in locating the incredibly rare Tiger Quoll. The creature, which is so hard to find that it was thought to have been driven out of the area until caught on camera in 2012, is now benefiting from the help of dog-owning volunteers who have trained their own pups to detect when one is nearby.
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Scientists are using dogs instead of traps to study rare endangered species, and it’s working originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 4 Dec 2017 at 18:31:25 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.