Conservation Canines
Some of the most pressing conservation issues need to distinguish between multiple, concurrent pressures facing wildlife over a large geographic range. The Conservation Canines program addresses this need by combining the precision and efficiency of detection dogs to readily locate wildlife scat (feces) samples with the ability to extract a wide variety of genetic and physiological indicators from these samples. These indicators enable us to ascertain species abundance, distribution, resource use, and physiological health all in relation to the environmental pressure(s) the species is encountering.

Scat detection dogs are able to locate samples from multiple species simultaneously across large, remote areas and have a lower sampling bias compared to traditional wildlife detection methods (remote cameras, radio-collaring, hair snags, and trapping). No other method can acquire such a vast amount of reliable information in so short a time, making this approach incredibly valuable for conservation planners and land managers.

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Contact Conservation Canines

Center for Conservation Biology
9010 453rd Street East
Charles L. Pack Forest
Eatonville, Washington  98328
Phone: 206-543-1669


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Washington

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