Conservation Detector Dogs
'Rocky' and 'Sophie'
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.
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Sniff crusades: Click on the links to read about their adventures
- Feral cats to save bilbies in Currawinya National Park, QLD.
- Foxes to save turtle eggs and hatchlings at Mon Repos, QLD.
- Feral cats to save Bridle nail tail wallabies in Taunton National Park, QLD.