Using dogs in wildlife surveillance
28 Nov 2020
Shuttleworth, C., Cripps, R., Everest, D.
Postmortem and histological tests recently confirmed pathogenic squirrelpox in a Gwynedd red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).
However, with the current 2020 Covid-19 restrictions in place, volunteer participation in any subsequent systematic ground search for additional sick or dead red squirrels was limited. Because of this, a dog was used to locate the bodies.
Conservation dogs can be trained to locate wildlife carcases and assist with local surveys.