Invasive weeds and beetles, livestock protection, rare moose studies, endangered kit fox and gorillas have one thing in common-- Working Dogs for Conservation.
"For more than a decade WDC has developed and refined the training and
field techniques for conservation detection dogs. By mixing techniques
from narcotic, search and rescue, and cadaver detection, and combining
these with ongoing innovation, WDC remains at the forefront in the
conservation detection dog field," the website explains.
A current project is protecting the endangered San Joaquin kit fox habitat where the world's largest solar farm is under construction.
A team of working dogs trained to sniff out kit fox scat are helping biologists learn more about the endangered species and developing an exact survey of the kit fox.