Conservation Detector Dogs

'Rocky' and 'Sophie' Sophie finds a fox den at Mon Repos

Our latest weapons in the fight against pest animals are a pair of English Springer spaniels called ‘Sophie’ and ‘Rocky’. The pair represent a ground-breaking, new conservation management tool for landholders in the Maranoa and the Border Rivers regions.

They specialise in locating pests such as rabbits, foxes, feral cats, wild dogs,and their scats and dens.

Trained by reknowned  dog  trainer Steve Austin - (removal of rabbits from Australia’s Macquarie Island), the dogs are the first conservation canines to be owned by a natural resource management body in Queensland.

The pair’s role is to track the scent of pest animals and help QMDC work out pest densities. They are particularly valuable in areas where feral control has been done and there are a few animals remaining. When out in the field, the dogs wear GPS units so their location can be recorded against what they find, enabling the officers to decide on an appropriate control.

Capability Statement: Download the PDF here.  

Rocky and Sophie

Sniff crusades: Click on the links to read about their adventures

Listen to Dave and Sophie being interviewed by ABC Southern  Queensland:Rocky Dave Berman adjusts Sophie's coat

 

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QMDC Annual General Meeting

05 October 2018

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