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.Rocky and Sophie

Sniff crusades to date: 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

 

Upcoming Events

17th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference - Canberra

01 May 2017

Innovative Solutions for Vertebrate Pest Animal Management, May 1-4, 2017 Where: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, next to the Parliamentary Triangle in Canberra ACT. Welcome function - Monday, 1st May 2017 (evening)…  + read more

Labour Day Public Holiday

01 May 2017

QMDC's offices will be closed for the Labour Day Public Holiday.  + read more

Wallumbilla Show

05 May 2017

May 5 & 6. More: http://wallumbillashow.com/  + read more