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Center for Conservation Biology

CK9 Odor Detections

Conservation Canines survey for a variety of odors! They have the ability to detect the scent of scat, caterpillars, noxious weeds and plants, salamanders, PCBs, drugs and even sea turtles. To a Conservation Canine scat detection dog, there is no difference in these odors during a survey. Their focus is finely tuned for the chance to play fetch.

See the list below for odors the CK9s have been trained to detect!


CK9 Sampson detects a Pacific pocket mouse fecal sample in San Diego, California.

Plants

Knotweed


Amphibians and Reptiles

From left to right: Mt Jemez Salamander, Kemps Ridley sea turtle, Loggerhead sea turtle, Oregon spotted frog, Sharp-tailed snake


Small mammals

From left to right: Pacific Pocket Mouse, Water Shrew, Townsend’s long eared bat


Mesocarnivores

From left to right: American badger, Fisher, Pine marten, Wolverine

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Birds of Prey

From left to right: Barred owl, Spotted owl


Felines

From left to right: African lion, Bobcat, Caracal, Indochinese tiger, Mexican jaguar, Leopard, Lynx, Mountain lion, Serval

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Canines

From left to right: Coyote, Dhole, Iberian wolf, Grey wolf, Maned wolf, Mexican grey wolf, Sierra Nevada red fox, Swift fox


Ungulates

From left to right: Caribou, Moose, Roe deer, White-tailed deer

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Large Mammals

From left to right: Black bear, Giant anteater, Giant armadillo, Grizzly bear, Southern resident killer whale, Spotted hyena, Tapir


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