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

Rabbit Control Project - Community Catch up

25 May 2017

Join us for a barbecue and the chance to learn more about a new rabbit control project, assistance available to landholders in ‘The Summit ‘area and the impact of rabbits. This is your chance to have an informal…  + read more

Chinchilla Show

26 May 2017

May 26 & 27. More: https://www.facebook.com/Chinchilla-Show-Society-457410664334484/ or  + read more

Reconciliation Week

27 May 2017

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2017 runs from May 27 to June 3 each year. These dates mark the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision, respectively. 2017 marks the 50th and 25th anniversaries of these…  + read more