UC Berkeley Study: Scat-Sniffing Dogs Invaluable for Wildlife Surveys

You knew your Labrador retriever could track the neighborhood cat’s scat from a hundred feet away — and probably wish he wouldn’t. But did you know this special canine talent could be put to use for science? A study published this month in the Journal of Wildlife Management by former UC Berkeley graduate student Sarah Reed — she wrote the study while a PhD in UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and is now a post-doctoral fellow at Colorado State University — shows that dogs can be highly useful in locating the scat of various species in natural settings.

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