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Creating Conservation Canines Help Endangered Maned

High-energy dogs with an incessant, inexhaustible desire to play often end up in shelters. Thanks to a Morris Animal Foundation?funded study, scientists adopted some of these energetic dogs to do what they do best?play.

That play is part of a carefully designed strategy to study wild animal populations and genetics?in this case by detecting scat. Unlike other methods of monitoring wild animal health, which can be biased or harm the animals, using scat dogs offers a noninvasive assessment method.

Recently, the dogs?under the supervision of lead researcher Dr. Samuel Wasser; Carly Vynne, an investigator and PhD candidate at the University of Washington; and seven handlers?identified scat from maned wolves in Brazil. Brazil is an ideal study location because the area near the Emas National Park preserve has been converted for agricultural use but still boasts plenty of large mammals. Vynne estimates that between 60 and 70 maned wolves live …

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