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, and even sea turtles. To a Conservation Canine scent 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!


Conservation canines visit the Cape Perpetual Scenic Area to survey for bobcat and marten


Plants

Knotweed, garlic mustard


Amphibians and Reptiles

From left to right: Mt Jemez Salamander, 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: 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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