Yes, you read right. Auburn University has six trained “Eco Dogs”, poo and fungus sniffers with the specific purposes to aid in scientific research. Bishop has been trained to sniff out striped skunk and black bear scat.
Bishop, pictured above is trained to sniff out rare scat. Photo: Auburn University. (By the way, why do they call it scat? Does that somehow make it seem less like poo?)
Other dogs have been trained to find spotted skunk and weasel poo. Two of the six dogs locate invasive root fungi that damages pine trees.
This is the first time we have heard of this type of program and it sounds like it will be a very impootant program for the benefit of endangered specie research.
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