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Using Dogs To Find and Save Big Cats

Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:11
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Investigators are using specially-trained detection dogs to determine the numbers and distribution of cheetah in a region of Western Zambia. The research represents the first demonstration of this strategy for wide-ranging species that are often threatened.

While traditional survey methods failed to detect any cheetah, using dogs specially trained to locate scat and other signs allowed the team to detect cheetah presence throughout the survey area. The researchers estimated a density of 5.9 to 6.6 cheetah per 1000km2.

This is a detection dog searching for cheetah scat.


Credit:  Dave Hamman

 

“With the alarming global decline of cheetah, we need new methods to be able to monitor and evaluate the remaining populations, many of which are in very remote ecosystems where traditional survey methods are challenging at best,” said Dr. Matthew Becker, lead author of the Journal of Zoology study. “With this study, detection dogs once again demonstrate they are a powerful conservation tool and an important ally for threatened African carnivores like cheetah.”

“Rapid global large carnivore declines make evaluations of remaining populations critical. Yet landscape-scale evaluations of presence, abundance and distribution are difficult, as many species are wide-ranging, occur only at low densities and are elusive.” say the authors of “Using dogs to find cats: detection dogs as a survey method for wide-ranging cheetah.”

Contacts and sources:
Lauren Elkins
Wiley

Citation: Using dogs to find cats: detection dogs as a survey method for wide-ranging cheetah http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12445



Source: http://www.ineffableisland.com/2017/02/using-dogs-to-find-and-save-big-cats.html

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