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Old 4th December 2017, 04:20 PM
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Default DOGS: Poo-sniffing For The Greater Good Of Quolls

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It appears the newest Australian Scientists on the scene are of the canine variety.

Dogs have been trained to find evidence of the elusive and endangered Tiger Quoll - and there's potential for them to be used to track down other species, too.

"Tiger Quolls were only rediscovered in 2012 in the Great Otway National Park as they're camera shy, and have a home range of about 500 hectares, so opportunistic sightings are rare for humans, at least," explains Emma Bennett, a PhD candidate at Monash University.

"You can analyse the DNA in the scats and look at sex, diet, and distribution. The trained dogs can provide a non-invasive alternative to trapping for some animals, which reduces stress and the risk of injuries."

Bennett is formally evaluating the effectiveness of a volunteer dog handling program in the Great Otway National Park, Victoria, as part of her PhD.

"The first stage of the study involved six dogs identifying the scent of quoll scats among nine different scats in a 25-square-metre plot of land. All the dogs were very fast, with 50 to 70 per cent accuracy in finding quoll scats. Four out of six teams showed 100 per cent reliability in finding quoll scats."

The volunteer dogs can successfully detect and distinguish scats that the volunteers planted, Bennet found. The next stages involve detection in various types of vegetation, before finding undiscovered quoll scats for real.
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Dogs have an awesome sense of smell. As well as drug detection, they are trained in the Fire Brigades to find the source of fires in fire investigation and can sniff out live termite infestations in buildings.
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"volunteer dogs!"

Like sniffing quoll poo is an interesting occupation!

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Doggie, if you were a true doggie, you'd feel otherwise.
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