Dogs Detecting Scat

Identification “mistakes” explained

Detection dogs are vital partners in conservation work, and many have been trained to find scat from specific species such as jaguars and ocelots. Their ability to sniff out scat assists researchers who want to estimate population levels, to track where various individuals of endangered species are living and to learn what they are eating. Advances in genetics allow these researchers to determine the sex of the animal who left the scat and even to link scat to specific individuals. Working dogs make it possible to learn this information in a non-invasive way that does not risk harming animals and that does not require actual sightings of these elusive species.

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