Evaluating conservation dogs in the search for rare species
Emma M Bennett, Cindy E Hauser, Joslin L Moore
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2020
Detecting rare species is important for both threatened species management and invasive species eradication programs. Conservation scent dogs provide an olfactory survey tool that has advantages over traditional visual and auditory survey techniques for some cryptic species. From the literature, we identified 5 measures important in evaluating the use of scent dogs: precision, sensitivity, effort, cost, and comparison with other techniques. We explored the scale at which performance is evaluated and examined when field testing under real working conditions is achievable. We also identified cost differences among studies. We examined 61 studies published in 1976-2018 that reported conservatio..View full abstract
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We thank A. Camaclang for her supportive and insightful comments on a previous manuscript. We thank the 3 anonymous reviewers and regional editor for their valuable feedback and suggestions. This project and C.E.H. was supported by an ARC Discovery Project DP160100745. E.M.B. was supported by a Monash University RTP Stipend.