11 Sep '12, 7pm

How awesome is this!?! - Rescue dogs sniff out endangered species

How awesome is this!?! - Rescue dogs sniff out endangered species

Last year the Nature Conservancy provided Conservation Canines with salamander scat and part of a broken-off salamander tail, and these items were used to train the dogs to recognize both sexes of the Jemez Mountains salamander. The animal is on New Mexico’s endangered species list and is a candidate for federal protection. Although the species has lived in the mountains for thousands of years, it’s sensitive to changes in temperature and moisture, so Frehley and other dogs are helping scientists estimate how many of the amphibians have survived a regional drought.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/rescue-dogs-sniff-...

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