Scat Spot, scat

  Man's best friend is helping the Wolf Education and Research Center in Boise, Idaho. Hounds with a hankering for fetching are being retrained to sniff out bear, lynx, wolverine and even rhino scat, resulting in less need for tagging and radio-tracking (HCN, 2/16/98). A trained dog can survey a livestock depredation site for scat, which can then be analyzed for its DNA, ultimately linking the scat to an individual animal, says research biologist Megan Parker. To recruit a dog for field projects, contact the center at the Wolf Education and Research Center, P.O. Box 917, Boise, ID 83701 (208/343-2248).





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